July 22, 2021

Joe Biden won the presidency as the candidate who would give Americans the bigger government that delivers more services they favor, but is still working on answering their call for very major government reform. The two are not incompatible, but reform has been a lost cause in Washington for some years. This conversation asked what Americans really want and how they can get it. It was based on Paul’s original series of posts on government reform for Brookings published in 2020, which you can read here.

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Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.