Arenas of Power

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Arenas of Power represents the first time that Theodore J. Lowi's theory of power and model of policy analysis have been presented together with key applications and case studies drawn from his long history of scholarship - all in one place. Lowi's signature fourfold typology is shown as conceived and then as extended to include that most relevant of contemporary phenomena - "social regulatory policy." As Lowi says, when radicals add morality to the goals of public policy, the system may be turned on its head. This volume shows the evolution of the public policy arena over more than forty years of writing and thinking, and presents some never before published material including a lively autobiographical intellectual history; major original pieces on political theory, federalism, agriculture, and special interests; and helpful analytical introductions to every part of the book. The book concludes as Lowi looks ahead to an internationlizing. U.S. political economy and the need for a global political science.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513305
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore J. Lowi has been the John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University since 1972. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books, one of which, We the People, is a leading American government textbook for W.W. Norton. Norton also published Lowi’s famous treatise, The End of Liberalism, in 1969. He has served as president of both the American Political Science Association and the International Political Science Association—a rare distinction. His most recent scholarly work focuses on globalization and international political science and his works, which continue to be bestsellers, have also been translated into multiple foreign languages.

Norman K. Nicholson is Director of Donor Coordination and Outreach, Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, USAID.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Biography of Arenas of Power 1

Pt. I Arenas of Power: The Model 21

Ch. 1 American Business, Public Policy, Case Studies, and Political Theory 25

Ch. 2 Four Systems of Policy, Politics, and Choice 43

Pt. II Public Policy, History, and a Theory of Political Development 59

Ch. 3 Parallels of Policy and Politics: The Political Theory in American History 65

Ch. 4 American Federalism: A Demonstration of the Categoric Character of Policy and Politics 91

Ch. 5 A New American State, and Four Different Roosevelts 111

Ch. 6 The Europeanization of America? From United States to United State 126

Pt. III Bureaucracy and Arenas of Power 137

Ch. 7 The State in Politics: The Relation Between Policy and Administration 143

Ch. 8 The Case of Agriculture: Four Kinds of Policy, Four Kinds of Politics 166

Pt. IV Economic Sectors and Collective Goods 181

Ch. 9 Interests, Politics, and the Variety of Group Experience 188

Ch. 10 Policy Choices and Political Consequences: The Case of Population Control 211

Ch. 11 The Perils of Patronage: Tendencies Toward Corporatism in the "Clientele Agencies" 234

Pt. V Outside the Box, Outside the Mainstream: The Politics of Movements, Radicalism, and Morality in Comparative Perspective 257

Ch. 12 Prospects of Conquest: With Liberty and Justice for Some 264

Ch. 13 New Dimensions in Policy and Politics 277

Ch. 14 Our Millennium: Political Science Confronts the Global Corporate Economy 288

Notes 306

Key Publications by Theodore J. Lowi 332

Index 334

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