What Elected Officials Get Wrong About the American Public

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Washington, DC, August 4, 2009 - U.S. Capitol building, east side, dome and steps.

We know that most Americans think our government is untrustworthy, beholden to special interests, and incompetent. But what do public employees — especially the hundreds of thousands who never face election — think of us? Benjamin Ginsberg, the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, joins us to discuss his book, What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People, which he co-authored with Jennifer Bachner.