MANY SOVEREIGN STATES by Dan Lufkin

MANY SOVEREIGN STATES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Once Dan Lufkin started commuting via helicopter from his farm in Connecticut through the smog to his Wall Street investment banking firm, he became Concerned, Later, he became Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the State of Connecticut, and this is written out of that experience. Lufkin believes that since local officials are more accessible to their constituency, they are more responsive. He explains his own sense of responsibility--which hasn't faltered even now that he's left office--for every osprey in the state. Mostly this is just an expression of Lufkin's good intentions, but he touches on issues like education, transportation and welfare (he wants to delegate that little problem right back to Washington) and has some suggestions about ""creative budget administration."" He also thinks there should be more overlap between the public and private spheres and that senior executives from the top 500 corporations should be drafted as government servants on some kind of rotating basis. The ""New Federalism"" and other plans to decentralize government have a growing number of adherents, but all Lufkin's grandiloquence about the ""quality of life"" doesn't add up to much of a case. He just sounds like a man who's running for office.

Pub Date: July 7th, 1975
Publisher: McKay