The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy
Leading political innovation activist Katherine Gehl and world-renowned business strategist Michael Porter bring fresh perspective, deep scholarship, and practical solutions to the grand challenge of our broken political and democratic system.
- Provocative view of our political system as an industry.
- Extremely well-argued and well-researched.
- Provides ideas for practical solutions, a distinguishing factor for books in this space.
- Concise, engaging, if slightly wonky book.
- Uses the lens of competitive strategy to help solve problems in the political industry.
Audience: Broad general intelligent audience interested in politics, as well as all policy wonks, think tankers, and political pundits. There will be a core readership of thoughtful business leaders and executives who are followers of Porter's ideas.
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About the Author
Katherine M. Gehl is a business leader, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. She is the founder of the Institute for Political Innovation and the CEO of Venn Innovations, focused on new thinking about intractable problems. Gehl was formerly president and CEO of Gehl Foods, a $250 million high-tech food manufacturer. She holds degrees from Notre Dame, Catholic University, and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Wisconsin with her two children.
Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. He was named a University Professor by Harvard's president in 2000. Porter is the author of nineteen books, including Competitive Strategy, Competitive Advantage, The Competitive Advantage of Nations, On Competition, and Redefining Health Care, as well as countless articles in both scholarly and nonscholarly publications. He lives in Boston.
You can find the authors at:
Katherine M. Gehl: katherinegehl.com/, twitter.com/katherinegehl, and linkedin.com/in/katherine-gehl-53625/
Michael E. Porter: hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=6532, twitter.com/MichaelEPorter, and linkedin.com/in/professorporter/
Named one of 16 New Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 by Inc. magazine
Advance Praise for The Politics Industry
"A noted business leader joins America's preeminent business strategist to diagnose what ails our political system and prescribe a cure. Timely indeed." — US Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah)
"Gehl and Porter's powerful book is a deep and persuasive analysis of our current political dysfunction and practical steps for change. Let us hope the public and our leaders take heed." — former US Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana)
"This book is an actual manual for how Americans can reclaim our democracy and make it work for the people rather than for the political-industrial complex. Read it and act!" — Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
"Whether you are the candidate on the ballot or the citizen casting the vote, we can all learn from Gehl and Porter's blueprint to improve our democracy." — Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President, Ariel Investments
"A revealing perspective on why our $16 billion political industry is failing the American people. The proposed solutions reflect the heart of the American ethos—innovation, determination, courage, and the will to reinvent the status quo." — Howard Schultz, Chairman Emeritus, Starbucks
"Gehl and Porter deliver a stunning indictment of American politics and government. But [they] provide us with much more than analysis and diagnosis. They offer practical reforms to end this destructive political gridlock and dysfunction. This is an impassioned and timely book that deserves wide readership." — Drew Gilpin Faust, former President, Harvard University
"Gehl and Porter are true experts. They provide not just analysis or endless commentary but a plan for real change—all for the better. This is a fresh look at American politics." — Bud Selig, Commissioner Emeritus, Major League Baseball