Government against Itself
How Public Employee Unions Weaken America's Government and Economy
Reviews and Awards
"Although many arguments will be familiar to some, DiSalvo produces fresh, engaging, provocative arguments that scholars, policy makers, and the public should consider and debate." - R. L. Welch, West Texas A&M University, CHOICE
"Readers of any political persuasion should be sobered by his observation that democratic government's inevitable fate seems to be 'spending more, getting less.'" - Publishers Weekly
"A sober analysis, both scholarly and political, of public sector unions. DiSalvo shows both sides, argues cogently, and concludes reasonably" - against them. This is political science at its best.
"Daniel DiSalvo has laid bare the harsh political realities facing mayors across the country who want to improve the quality of life in their cities. In the annual battles over cutting services, raising taxes or controlling costs to balance the budget, public employee unions usually have the upper hand. In many jurisdictions, costs are skyrocketing, taxes are up and services are deteriorating, yet fiscal reform seems impossible. This book explains how and why the narrow interests of unions in improving pay and benefits frequently overwhelm the broader interests of the people in improving services." - Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose