How to Fix Broken Politics

A Conversation with Jonathan Tepperman

Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, has a new book out titled The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline. In it, Tepperman examines ten places all over the world where governments have faced seemingly intractable problems and managed to solve them—from eradicating extreme poverty in Brazil, to reforming immigration in Canada, to fighting corruption in Singapore. Through original reporting, interviews with the major players, and expert analysis, Tepperman reveals how leaders adopted bold reforms and took political risks to get results. Earlier this week, he spoke about the book with Foreign Affairs deputy managing editor Justin Vogt.

This is, in essence, a book about good governance. It's a collection of stories about governments that have faced major challenges and have come up with solutions through political processes. It runs against the grain of most contemporary commentary on government and politics, which tends

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