The Space Station Decision: Incremental Politics and Technological Choice [NOOK Book]

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Outstanding Academic Title, 1991, Choice Magazine

Although building a space station has been an extraordinary challenge for America's scientists and engineers, the securing and sustaining of presidential approval, congressional support, and long-term funding for the project was an enormous task for bureaucrats. The Space Station Decision examines the history of this controversial initiative and illustrates how bureaucracy shapes public policy. Using primary documents and ...

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Overview

Outstanding Academic Title, 1991, Choice Magazine

Although building a space station has been an extraordinary challenge for America's scientists and engineers, the securing and sustaining of presidential approval, congressional support, and long-term funding for the project was an enormous task for bureaucrats. The Space Station Decision examines the history of this controversial initiative and illustrates how bureaucracy shapes public policy. Using primary documents and interviews, Howard E. McCurdy describes the events that led up to the 1984 decision to build a permanently occupied, international space station in low Earth orbit.

As he follows the trail of the space station proposal through the labyrinth of White House policy review, McCurdy explains the evolution of the presidential budget review process, the breakup of the cabinet system, the proliferation of subcabinets and Executive Office interagency, the involvement of White House staff in framing issues for presidential review, and the role of bureaucracy in advancing administration legislation on Capitol Hill. Comparing the space station decision to earlier decisions to go to the moon and to build the space shuttle, McCurdy shows how public officials responsible for long-term science and technology policy maneuvered in a political system that demanded short-term flexibility.

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The author is a professor of public affairs at American University in Washington, DC. The events which led up to the decision 1984 to build a permanently occupied space station in low earth orbit provide his primary subject matter in the present monograph, but the author's deeper interest has to do with the politics of Big Science. The story is arrestingly told in this nicely-produced volume, which provides thirteen pages of plates plus detailed notes and references. NW Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421401768
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 12/29/2010
  • Series: New Series in NASA History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 290
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Howard E. McCurdy is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University and the author of Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program; Inside NASA: High Technology and Organizational Change in the U.S. Space Program; and the coauthor of Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel, all published by Johns Hopkins.

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