Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted

Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted

by Eric M. Patashnik
     
 

"Important reforms may be enacted, but what happens after that? Do the new laws take hold or do they fade away? What accounts for the striking variety in results? In this excellent new book, Eric Patashnik sets a new standard in addressing these questions."—David Mayhew, Yale University

"Eric Patashnik has written a fascinating account of why some

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"Important reforms may be enacted, but what happens after that? Do the new laws take hold or do they fade away? What accounts for the striking variety in results? In this excellent new book, Eric Patashnik sets a new standard in addressing these questions."—David Mayhew, Yale University

"Eric Patashnik has written a fascinating account of why some general-interest policy reforms stick and others fall apart. By looking at general-interest reform as a dynamic process that unfolds over time—rather than as a single moment of legislative triumph—Patashnik offers a compelling analysis of what kinds of reforms are likely to create coalitions and conditions that will sustain them over time. This is political science at its best, a must-read for policymakers and scholars across the disciplines."—Julian Zelizer, Princeton University

''Seemingly momentous policy reforms are often unceremoniously abandoned in subsequent policymaking. In this penetrating and important book, Eric Patashnik explores the political circumstances that enable reforms to endure. Using a wide-ranging set of case studies—from taxes to agriculture to healthcare, among others—he shows that lasting reform is partly a matter of strategy and design."—Paul J. Quirk, University of British Columbia

"This book is clearly focused on a simple, important question: over time, why do some general interest reforms succeed more than others? Patashnik is absolutely right that scholars and journalists have focused far more on the enactment of reform than its subsequent implementation. Reforms at Risk fills a large void in the public policy literature."—Christopher Howard, College of William and Mary

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138978
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2008
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
997,075
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Eric M. Patashnik is associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia. His books include "Putting Trust in the US Budget: Federal Trust Funds and the Politics of Commitment".

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: Introduction: General-Interest Policymaking and the Politics of Reform Sustainability 1

Chapter 2: Policy Reform as a Political Project 16

Chapter 3: Expert Ideas Meet Politics: Reforming the Tax Code 35

Chapter 4: Reforming the Agricultural Welfare State: The Mixed Case of the Freedom to Farm Act 55

Chapter 5: Reforming the American Welfare State: ERISA and the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act 72

Chapter 6: Uncle Sam Goes Shopping: Reinventing Government Procurement 91

Chapter 7: Unshackling an Unstable Industry: Airline Deregulation 110

Chapter 8: Making Pollution Control Pay: Emissions Trading for Acid Rain 136

Chapter 9: Conclusions: The Patterns and Paradoxes of Policy Reform 155

Notes 181

Index 229

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