Paul E. Smith has been researching political and environmental science at the University of Tasmania for 11 years. He focuses on approaches to fixing government failure. His awareness of this problem began to develop while working as a government forestry manager and planner in the 1970s. In that period he also helped to establish The Wilderness Society and to start its campaign to save Tasmania’s wild Franklin River from hydro-electric development. He enjoys wilderness backpacking and sometimes combines this with trout fishing. His decades of experience of politics as a public servant and as a campaigner on issues have helped him use political science to devise a feasible way to improve democratic government.