Philip K. Howard, one of whose books, The Death of Common Sense, is an all-time favorite of mine, has a new book, The Rule of Nobody. I haven't read it yet, but here's an excerpt.
It sounds like Mr. Howard is revisiting his long-standing theme. This is not a knock: it's darn good theme.
Automatic law causes public failure. A system of detailed dictates is supposed to make government work better. Instead it causes failure.