The Crisis of Competence in Our National Government
James L. Sundquist attributes the "crisis of confidence" identified by President Carter to a "crisis of competence" in government. Sundquist argues that recent changes such as the disintegration of political parties, the haphazard methods of selecting presidents, the rejection by the Congress of presidential leadership, the fragmentation of the Congress itself, and the gradual deterioration of administrative capability, all militate againstgovernmental effectiveness.

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