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From healthcare to workplace conduct, the federal government is taking on ever more responsibility. At the same time, Americans have never been more disaffected with Washington, with many seeing it as an intrusive, incompetent, wasteful giant. The most alarming consequence of ineffective policies, in addition to unrealized social goals, is the growing threat to the government's democratic legitimacy. Understanding why government fails so often--and how it might become more effective--is an urgent responsibility of citizenship. In his book, Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better, lawyer and political scientist Peter Schuck provides a wide range of examples and an enormous body of evidence to explain why so many domestic policies go awry--and how to right the foundering ship of state. Professor Schuck joined a Teleforum conference call to discuss the book, with Brian Callanan of King & Spalding offering comments.