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Sludge

Bureaucratic Burdens and Why We Should Eliminate Them

Gebonden Engels 2021 9780262045780
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How we became so burdened by red tape and unnecessary paperwork, and why we must do better.

We've all had to fight our way through administrative sludge—filling out complicated online forms, mailing in paperwork, standing in line at the motor vehicle registry. This kind of red tape is a nuisance, but, as Cass Sunstein shows in Sludge, it can also impair health, reduce growth, entrench poverty, and exacerbate inequality. Confronted by sludge, people just give up—and lose a promised outcome: a visa, a job, a permit, an educational opportunity, necessary medical help. In this lively and entertaining look at the terribleness of sludge, Sunstein explains what we can do to reduce it.

Because of sludge, Sunstein explains, too many people don't receive benefits to which they are entitled. Sludge even prevents many people from exercising their constitutional rights—when, for example, barriers to voting in an election are too high. (A Sludge Reduction Act would be a Voting Rights Act.) Sunstein takes readers on a tour of the not-so-wonderful world of sludge, describes justifications for certain kinds of sludge, and proposes “Sludge Audits” as a way to measure the effects of sludge. On balance, Sunstein argues, sludge infringes on human dignity, making people feel that their time and even their lives don't matter. We must do better.

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ISBN13:9780262045780
Trefwoorden:bureaucratie
Taal:Engels
Bindwijze:gebonden
Aantal pagina's:136
Uitgever:MIT Press Ltd
Druk:1
Verschijningsdatum:7-9-2021
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Over Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is hoogleraar en directeur van het Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy aan Harvard. Van zijn hand verschenen tientallen boeken, waaronder de bestsellers Nudge en Ruis, over gedragsbeïnvloeding en het nemen van betere beslissingen.

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