Politics of Military Base Closings: Not in My District

Politics of Military Base Closings: Not in My District

by Lilly J. Goren
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820455245

ISBN-13: 9780820455242

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This book investigates new patterns of «evasive delegation» and «dedistributive» policymaking by the U.S. Congress, whereby Congress delegates its decision-making power to ad hoc commissions or implements constraints that compel it to make decisions within prescribed limits. Elected public officials seem unwilling to make, or believe

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This book investigates new patterns of «evasive delegation» and «dedistributive» policymaking by the U.S. Congress, whereby Congress delegates its decision-making power to ad hoc commissions or implements constraints that compel it to make decisions within prescribed limits. Elected public officials seem unwilling to make, or believe themselves unable to be «held responsible» for, «dedistributive» policy. Thus, means are devised to actually make the decisions, while allowing elected officials to evade responsibility. The Base Realignment and Closing Commission (BRAC), which aimed to get politics out of military base closings, is a quintessential example of such means. At the heart of these considerations is the question of with whom or where responsibility should rest. The American people are left to decide whether to hold unelected and more or less «unsupervised» individuals, commissions, and the like responsible for their greater well being while officially elected individuals quietly cede responsibility.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820455242
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Series:
Popular Politics and Governance in Ameri, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.01(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Dedistributive Decision Making and Evasive Delegation: The Story of the Base Realignment and Closing Commission1
Ch. 2The Evolution of Congressional Delegation: Constitutional Context, History, and Recent Variations13
Ch. 3Mounting Disputes: How Base Closure Became Impossible33
Ch. 4A Solution Appears: Representative Dick Armey's Idea50
Ch. 5The 1988 Base Realignment and Closing Commission: Closed-Door Decision Making64
Ch. 6The Return of Politics to the Process: Rounds Two, Three, and Four79
Ch. 7The Future of Evasive Delegation in a Political System108
Notes125
Bibliography149
Index157

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