Simpler: The Future of Government
In his new book, Simpler: The Future of Government (Simon & Schuster, 2013), bestselling author and academic Cass Sunstein shares his lessons as head of the “most powerful White House office you’ve never heard of.” As administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Sunstein worked with others to initiate a program of simple, data-driven regulation designed to increase efficiency and flexibility of government. In Simpler, he illustrates how simplifying regulation saves money, improves health and lengthens lives—and why this is just the beginning.
On April 5, Governance Studies at Brookings, as part of the Management and Leadership Initiative, hosted a book launch for Simpler: The Future of Government to discuss the streamlining and reimagination of American regulation and rule-making. Moderated by Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck, Sunstein offered key insights from his book and how to rethink what government can and should accomplish.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.