The public is "at odds with expert opinion and traditional policymaking," says Eric Plutzer of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.
The departure of DJ Gribbin is the latest sign that the president's plan is going nowhere fast.
"As economic policy becomes less clear and more uncertain, small businesses are more hesitant to invest," economist says.
What if you could apply the same techniques to government spending that investment advisers use to pick stocks? A Pew-MacArthur report looks at how states are using cost-benefit analysis.
China's government has announced plans to remove power from the agency that oversees the country's controversial one-child policy. Observers say this could spell the beginning of the end for the rule.