Why has been public policy as a discipline lagging behind legitimate expectations of citizens? What are the causes of failing governance at national, European, and global level? I offer answers to both questions in an eponymous chapter, published in De Vries, M. S., Juraj Nemec, J., Junjan, V. (eds.): 2020. The Choice Architecture behind Policy Designs: From Policy Design to Policy Practice in the European Integration Context. Bratislava: NISPAcee, pp. 51-56. ISBN 978-80-999390-1-2.