Governing for the Common Good

Four decades of conservative attacks on government has shattered confidence in public solutions to collective problems like climate change, skyrocketing inequality, and the housing crisis.

Governing for the Common Good is an In the Public Interest project aiming to help make government work for the many, not the few.

Want to get involved? Email us at info@inthepublicinterest.org


Report: Unmasking the Hidden Power of Cities
June 2019

Recent research and the experiences of numerous local and state governments show that, by bringing critical functions back under public control, service quality can be improved and cost-savings can be achieved to make the best use of public money.
Book: Dismantling Democracy
2018

Dismantling Democracy, by In the Public Interest Executive Director Donald Cohen, tells the story of the 40-year conservative attack on government and sketches a pro-public strategy for fighting back.
Report: Insourcing often leads to better service and cost-savings
June 2019

Recent research and the experiences of numerous local and state governments show that, by bringing critical functions back under public control, service quality can be improved and cost-savings can be achieved to make the best use of public money.
Guide: Is Your Waste Contract Putting Your Municipality At Risk? Best Practices in Municipal Waste Contracting
November 2016

A guide providing best practices for municipalities aiming to protect their interests when contracting with private companies that provide waste management services.
The Public School Accountability Agenda
March 2015

An 11-point program to ensure that charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated, are fulfilling their role in public education as lawmakers intended.