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By Tom Flanagan

In 5 years, Stephen Harper went from inner most citizen to best minister of Canada. Tom Flanagan was once his leader crusade organizer for many of that interval. In "Harper's Team", Flanagan tells the tale of Harper's upward push to energy - how a small team of associates, with little event in nationwide politics, reworked themselves into the disciplined, expert crusade crew that introduced down Paul Martin and the Liberals. Harper's workforce fought 4 campaigns in 5 years: management races and nationwide elections. via trial and mistake - and resolution - they discovered to mix the Reform Party's energy in grassroots politics with the innovative Conservative services in advertisements and media family, whereas at the same time adopting the newest advances in details and communications know-how. "Harper's Team" is an extraordinary insider's view of the way political campaigns are deliberate, equipped, controlled, and paid for. Combining 40 years of expertise as an instructional political scientist with 5 years of organizational paintings for Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan bargains a different standpoint on find out how to win energy in Canada.

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Powerlessness is the key word of our time: the powerlessness of the citizen in the face of government, the government in the face of Europe and Europe in the face of the world. Everyone looks down at the mess below and then looks up, no longer with hope and faith but with despair and anger. Power today is a ladder on which everyone stands and curses. Politics has always been the art of the possible and now it has become the art of the microscopic. The inability to address structural problems is accompanied by the overexposure of the trivial, fuelled by our insane media that, true to market logic, have come to regard the exaggeration of futile conflicts as more important than any attempt to offer insight into real problems, especially in times of falling media revenues.

An obvious solution would appear to be technocracy, a system where experts are charged with looking after the public interest, people whose technical know-how will pilot the country through today’s troubled waters. Technocrats are managers who replace politicians, so they don’t need to worry about elections but can concentrate on long-term solutions and announce unpopular measures. In their hands policy becomes a matter of civic engineering, of problem-management. It’s often thought that those who advocate technocracy are the concerned elite who want to see progress.

Is this a bad thing? There is no doubt that a technocratic government can achieve great results, the Chinese economic miracle being the best example, while a leader like Mario Monti was a far better manager of public affairs than Silvio Berlusconi could ever be. But efficiency does not automatically generate legitimacy and faith in the technocrat melts away as soon as spending cuts are implemented. In the presidential elections of February 2013, Monti won only 10% of the vote. China has its own ways of suppressing dissatisfaction with government-by-regents.

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