Peter Suderman on Obama's Technocratic Meddling


In his new book The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery, Noam Scheiber, a senior editor at the venerable liberal journal The New Republic, presents a reminder that the senior officials who drive the policymaking process are also people with unique and often clashing personalities. But there is one trait that connects them all, writes Peter Suderman in his review of the book: an unshakable belief that there is no economic problem, large or small, they cannot solve through technocratic meddling.