New book Tackles ‘Misgovernment’ as Human Rights Problem

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Mark Lipse argues that legal powers sustain economic mismanagement in developing countries

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Governments across the globe have a range of policy powers that are widely accepted as lawful and appropriate, which are, however, often applied in pervasively harmful ways. From this observation, Mark Lipse came to realize that the moral standing of such powers is largely unexamined. He also found that people, at all levels of society, the public, the policymakers and even the victims, seemed to lack a grasp of this issue. According to him, this poses a significant obstacle to resolving the problem of misgovernment, which prompted him to write “Misgovernment: When lawful authority prevents justice and prosperity” (published by AuthorHouse UK). The objective of the book is to counteract and challenge this cluelessness with respect to this aspect of misgovernment.

The book presents a compelling theory - that misgovernment is the almost inevitable legacy of lawmakers ignoring natural rights when setting up the legal, administrative and constitutional powers of governments. The result, especially in developing countries, is “predatory jurisdiction”, or government powers, which, while lawful, and generally viewed as normal and natural, actually have the potential to be massively unjust and destructive. In this cogently reasoned work, Lipse explains exactly how benchmarks can be established to identify such inappropriate government powers, and the standards of justice that should be applied in assessing them.

This book provides a scholarly yet approachable investigation of the political, economic and systemic factors that result in dysfunctional government. It offers unique information about and novel solutions to a pervasive problem (misgovernment caused by predatory jurisdiction) that has plagued all sorts of nations for a very long time.

“I want readers to take away from my writing a broadened understanding of the basics of misgovernment and a sense of enlightenment,” Lipse concludes.

“Misgovernment: When lawful authority prevents justice and prosperity”
By Mark Lipse
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 400 pages | ISBN 9781524676742
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 400 pages | ISBN 9781524676735
E-Book | 400 pages | ISBN 9781524676728
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mark Lipse is an accounting professional, living in the Netherlands near Amsterdam. He was born in the South American country of Surinam and raised on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. His personal pursuits include, among other things, reading on the subjects of history, politics, economics and philosophy. His driving interest is in the effects on the lives of ordinary citizens, of the political and economic organization of their contemporary society, as shaped in turn by the institutional and legal frameworks in which they exist.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 0800 1974150. For the latest, follow @AuthorHouseUK on Twitter.

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