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ISBN13: 9780465009725

The Next Deal: The Choice Revolution and the New Responsibility

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American politics today is run on scandal and sound bites because our politicians have become disconnected from the government and public that they serve. Vast changes brought about by the information revolution and the global economy-and by the new "Choice Generation" of Americans under the age of thirty-have yet to impact America's centralized, one-size-fits-all government programs. Enter Andrei Cherny, who uses his unique vantage point as a twentysomething...

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Spot on

This book is concise and spot on with it's predictions thus far --and it was written in 2000. Regardless of one's political standpoint, it is irrefutable that Mr. Cherny has a solid epistemology when writing in a political genre. I had to read this book for one of my classes at Seattle University, and in hindsight, I'm really glad. It opened my eyes to a lot of things that were going on in the world of politics that I would plead ignorance to normally. I devoured this book in two sessions. Also, if you liked this book, you might like "The Power Elite" by C. Wright Mills

Cherny "Gets It" - Information Age Public Policy

To have a 21-year-old Gore speechwriter mature into a 25-year-old public policy book writer and then have that book enthusiastically trumpeted by a conservative former Speaker of the House is a moment of unique achievement. Let me be clear. While Andrei Cherny is a liberal, he has written one of the most thoughtful books about public policy in the information age to be produced by anyone of any ideological background or from any partisan belief. Cherny does a stunning job of placing the progressive movement in the context of the rise of the industrial corporation and makes a profound case that the rise of information technology that moves from mass production to intense personalization and choice that will profoundly change the relationship between government and citizens.At one level these are not new ideas. Alvin and Heidi Toffler explained the general principles in 1979 in The Third wave. What makes Cherny's contribution so impressive is the degree to which he embeds the technological changes of today in the parallel ideas and experiences of 100 years ago. Just as the rise of the industrial corporation created the systems and the structures that could be translated into professional bureaucracy and into systems such as the city manager form of government, so the development of the automatic teller machine, the self serve gas station, the internet based personal reservation system for airlines and the personally directed 401k all spell the rise of a personally directed citizen process that will transform the process of governance.I disagree deeply with some of Cherny's ideas, but I am in awe of his ability to take big concepts and embed them in American political history in a manner which will give them context and meaning for any citizen who wishes to study them.I unequivocally recommend this book to any citizen who wants to know how we can improve our country.

A most X-cellent read

This book is a refreshing departure from the typical "generation X" fare of whimpering and simpering about the spiralling national dabt and budget deficits and those damned boomers. The author is a former aide in the Clinton Administration, but his past political engagements do not interfere with his clear-sightedness in viewing the current political scene.Cherny believes that the U.S. is on the cusp of a political and economic realignment on the order of what happened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Back then, the nation went from being an agrarian society of farmers and small businessmen to an industrial society of wage earners and assembly line workers. In political terms, Cherny says, this came to be reflected in the New Deal government of large bureaucratic agencies. Today, the trend towards bureacracy is being reversed by what Cherny calls "the Choice Generation" that will demand greater accountability, variety, responsiveness, and flexibility in public institutions. He believes that government needs to update itself to reflect changes going on in the e-conomy so that it can effectively protect the interests of the people. He excoriates "Treadmill Liberals" and "Blockhead Conservatives" who do not appreciate this.Unlike many younger writers, Cherny has a light touch and wears his erudition gracefully. He glides effortlessly over the panorama of U.S. history and economic issues and weaves his thesis out of many disparate sources from Adam Smith to Frederick Winslow Taylor to Herbert Croly to modern political scientists. His balance and objectivity are also very good. His prose is crisp and clear.It is too early to say that Cherny is the next Walter Lippmann or Herbert Croly, but this is an important contribution to the dialogue on the proper role of government in America.


All members of what the author calls the Choice Generation ought to read this book regardless of party affiliation. Cherny pens a great history of the development of government in the US in reaction to the changes in the economy. In general, the book is readable and is filled with subtle humor.While I don't agree with all of his solutions, his main point that government needs to change to adapt to the new information-based economy is dead-on. His futuristic approach to governing is in stark contrast to the populist, backward-looking campaign waged by his party during the last presidential election. The Dems could do well to listen to Andrei in the future.

A brilliant and timely must-read.

Andrei Cherny offers a clear vision of the changes taking place within our political landsape and of the directions in which our next generation of leaders must be headed. Flying in the face of the current political climate, The Next Deal manages to provoke thought and inspire action without resorting to mere punditry or beanery. The book's message will resonate with readers of all political stripes. Cherny's work is to be chereshed, and should be considered a must-read, by the political professional and the informed citizen alike.
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