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Why Governments Get It Wrong – Book launch

Dennis C. Grube launches his new book "Why Governments Get it Wrong" – a brilliant and accessible guide to the politics and pitfalls of policymaking.

  • 7th October 2022 - 7th October 2022
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Bennett Institute’s Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Dennis C. Grube for the launch of his new book Why Governments Get it Wrong.

In conversation with David Runciman, he’ll discuss why governments so often make bad decisions when trying to solve the problems that we face; from the UK school exam fiasco during the pandemic, to the disastrous second US-led invasion of Iraq, and Canada’s support for asbestos mining when it was known to be highly toxic.

He’ll also show us that – by exploring government failures – there is a way for those governing to get it right and improve all our lives in the process. Governments change the world every day – often for the better. But sometimes they just get the fundamentals wrong.

This book and event are for anyone who has ever stared in frustration at the TV news, wondering why the government can’t seem to get its act together. Failure is not inevitable, and the successes – when they come – can do much to restore our trust in politicians.


  • Facilities for Disabled Guests

Accessibility Facilities

  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Staff available to assist
  • Wheel chair accessible

Did you know?

In 1958, a group of engineering students managed to hoist an Austin Seven car onto the roof of Senate House, with the help of some clever calculations. It took the university a week to remove it – and will surely go down in history as one of the boldest student pranks ever!