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Big education: California’s teacher lobby


The California Teachers Association spent more than $210 million between 2000 and 2010 – more than any other donor in the state and more than the pharmaceutical, oil and tobacco industries combined.

That comes from The Fourth Revolution: The global race to reinvent the state by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. Mckelthwait was formerly the editor in chief at the Economist and now editor in chief at Bloomberg. Wooldridge is the Economist’s management editor and writer of the Schumpeter column.

I am 3/4s of the way through and the book is a good read.

It outlines the problems facing western governments such as interest group lobbying which leads to policy sops of political inside groups and entitlement induced future unfunded liabilities which creates fiscal holes for governments and the competing models of Asian governance between Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore and the efficient market socialism of modern China.

Highly recommended.

Here’s what Tyler Cowen had to say about the book when he read it last year.


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