Cultivating Congress: Constituents, Issues, and Interests in Agricultural PolicyMaking / Edition 1

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"What a superb book—not only about how agricultural policy is made but also about fundamental changes in the way Congress now works, irrespective of policy domain. No one has a more complete fix on how Washington works today than Bill Browne. His book is a real winner."—James T. Bonnen, past president, American Agricultural Economics Association

"Browne provides a remarkable and incisive analysis and guide to the new world of a post-reform Congress. This unique and engaging book is directly relevant and useful to any observer of Congress. It is simply the best analysis of the fundamental changes now engulfing agricultural and rural development policy."—Louis Swanson, editor of Agricultural Policy and the Environment

"An ambitious and excellent book that vividly reflects Browne's remarkable access to members of Congress, their staffs, and other players in the agricultural policy domain. It will be widely read by students, scholars, and activists."—Frank Baumgartner, coauthor of Agendas and Instability in American Politics

"Cultivating Congress is an indispensable tool for understanding how Congress works. Browne has done a brilliant job. For those with particular interest in agriculture, this book is invaluable."—Cornelia Butler Flora, coeditor of Rural Policies for the 1990s

"A major contribution to the literature. Browne sees things with fresh eyes, his insights are substantial and useful, and his basic findings on 'local concerns' are very important."—Burdett Loomis, coeditor of Interest Group Politics and author of The New American Politician

Author Biography: William P. Browne, professor of political science at Central Michigan University, is the author of Private Interests, Public Policy, and American Agriculture; World Food Policies; and Sacred Cows and Hot Potatoes: Agrarian Myths in Agricultural Policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700607013
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Guide to Key Terms
Pt. 1 The Politics of a Postreform Era 1
1 Congress and Policy Networks in a Postreform Era 3
2 Agriculture as a Policy Domain 22
3 Members, Issues, and Policy Vehicles 40
Pt. 2 The Politics of Places 63
4 Peak Interests: Farm Issues and Reform Issues 65
5 District Effects 88
6 Networking: Who Listens to Whom 109
Pt. 3 The Politics of Institutions 131
7 Groups and Agencies: The Downside of the Triangle 133
8 The New Committees? 161
9 Change and Stability in Agricultural Policy 186
10 Understanding the Dynamics of Congressional Networking 206
Appendix 223
Notes 247
Index 289
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