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Arenas of Power represents the first time that Theodore J. Lowi’s model of policy analysis has been presented together with key applications and case studies drawn from his long history of scholarship—all in one place. Lowi’s signature four-fold 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 each of the book's five parts. The book concludes as Lowi looks ahead to an internationalizing U.S. political economy and the need for a global political science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513312
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (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

PART I: Arenas of Power: The Model
Chapter 1: The Development of Arenas of Power
Chapter 2: American Business, Public Policy, Case-Studies, and Political Theory

PART II: Public Policy, History, and a Theory of Political Development
Chapter 3: The Structure of American Government and Politics: Federalism as Arenas of Politics
Chapter 4: Parallels of Policy and Politics: The Political Theory in American History
Chapter 5: Four Systems of Policy, Politics, and Choice
Chapter 6: Europeanization of America? From United States to United State

PART III: Bureaucracy and Arenas of Power
Chapter 7: The State in Politics: The Relation Between Policy and Administration
Chapter 8: Formal Analysis of the Areas of Governmental Activity: The Case of Agriculture

PART IV: Economic Sectors and Collective Goods
Chapter 9: Interests and Policy
Chapter 10: Introduction: Interests, Policies, and Power
Chapter 11: The Origin and First Consequences of Pluralistic Government: Agriculture, Commerce, Labor

PART V: Outside the Box, Outside the Mainstream: The Politics of Movements, Radicalism, and Morality in Comparative Perspective
Chapter 12: Prospects of Conquest: With Liberty and Justice for Some
Chapter 13: New Dimensions in Policy and Politics
Chapter 14: Our Millennium: Political Science Confronts the Global Corporate Economy

Conclusions, Reflections, Proposals: Toward a Global Political Science

Key Publications by Theodore J. Lowi

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