Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care / Edition 1

Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care / Edition 1

by John E. McDonough
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224116

ISBN-13: 9780520224117

Pub. Date: 11/22/2000

Publisher: University of California Press

John E. McDonough affords a rare glimpse into the practice of state politics in this insider's account of the fascinating interface between political science and real-life politics. A skilled storyteller and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for thirteen years, McDonough cloquently weaves together stories of politics and policy with engaging…  See more details below

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John E. McDonough affords a rare glimpse into the practice of state politics in this insider's account of the fascinating interface between political science and real-life politics. A skilled storyteller and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for thirteen years, McDonough cloquently weaves together stories of politics and policy with engaging theoretical models in a way that illuminates both the theory and the practice. By providing a link between scholarship and the world of experience, he communicates much about the essence of representative democracy. In the process, he demonstrates how politics extends beyond the public sphere into many aspects of life, involving diverse values and interests.

To the author, politics are everywhere, and political dynamics are universal. While the setting for this book is one legislature, the lessons and insights are intended for everyone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224117
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/22/2000
Series:
California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Sales rank:
1,330,310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Seeing Politics through Different Lenses1
Part 1Basics17
1.Politics Is ... and Debating Points19
2.The Stories We Tell and the X-Men46
Part 2Themes81
3.Landlords, Tenants, and Conflict83
4.Interests and a Fiscal Crisis119
5.Representation, Relationships, and Campaign Warchests158
Part 3Models197
6.Punctuated Equilibrium and the Fate of Hospital Rate Setting199
7.Agendas and Children's Health Care237
Part 4Endings285
8.Conversations, Games, and the Death Penalty287
9.Concluding Remarks311
Notes323
Select Bibliography329
Index333

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