What Do We Expect from Our Government?

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Much has changed in US politics since the historic 2008 election. While the press covers the actions and agendas of the new administration, other impacts of this political shift have not received as much attention. These changes have forced the nation to rethink the necessary role of government, the role of the private market, the impact of science, technology, and information, and, ultimately, our place in the world. What Do We Expect From Our Government? provides a glimpse at this set of developments by ...

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Overview

Much has changed in US politics since the historic 2008 election. While the press covers the actions and agendas of the new administration, other impacts of this political shift have not received as much attention. These changes have forced the nation to rethink the necessary role of government, the role of the private market, the impact of science, technology, and information, and, ultimately, our place in the world. What Do We Expect From Our Government? provides a glimpse at this set of developments by focusing on a number of policies, such as climate change, immigration, and terrorism, as well as governance processes such as oversight, elections and campaigns, and regulation. It highlights the role of research in public sector decision-making, the role of the academy, the relationship between economic imperatives and scientific information, and dealing with uncertainty and change. In addition, it includes attention to broader issues such as national economic and fiscal policies and strategies for assuring equity and access in programs.

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Editorial Reviews

Connie Morella
Beryl Radin and Joshua Chanin take us on an informative and provocative journey focusing on our changing times and challenging our expectations of the role of government. Their collection of essays, emanating from a Conference commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the American University School of Public Affairs, moves from historical background to analysis of current critical issues to the barriers to policy implementation and the task of seeking reforms. This book should be required reading for policy makers, academicians, business and civic leaders.
Robert Cleary
A comprehensive study by legislative and executive staggers and scholars as to whether government should materially expand its responsibilities in areas like economic protection and regulation. The writers conclude that expansion in these areas in necessary to protect the public. Particularly pertinent today. A book you will want in your professional library.
Susan Martin
This excellent set of essays focus on a key question in all democracies—what should 'we the people' expect of our government. The authors strongly argue for what should be self-evident but is too often missing in the political process—evidence-based policy making to tackle such difficult issues as poverty, climate change, migration and terrorism. This book is a must-read for policy makers and those who study the policy process.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739144534
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Beryl A. Radin is the scholar in residence for the School of Public Affairs at American University. Joshua M. Chanin is a research assistant at The National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Foreword William M. LeoGrande LeoGrande, William M.

Introduction: What Do We Expect from Our Government? Beryl A. Radin Radin, Beryl A. 1

Part One The Policy and Historical Context

1 The FDR Legacy: Yesterday and Today James Roosevelt, Jr. Roosevelt, James, Jr. 15

2 The Economic Crisis: How Can We Deal with It? David M. Walker Walker, David M. 19

3 Worrying about Equity Issues: The Case of Youth Policy and Poverty Peter B. Edelman Edelman, Peter B. 29

Part Two Policy Debates

4 Climate Change, the Economic Crisis, and Prospects for the Future Daniel J. Fiorino Fiorino, Daniel J. 39

Climate Change Panel Summary Amanda M. Girth Girth, Amanda M. 61

5 Countering Myths about Terrorism: Some Lessons Learned from the Global Terrorism Database Gary LaFree LaFree, Gary 71

Terrorism Panel Summary Kelley Moult Moult, Kelley 99

6 What Do We Expect from Our Government Representatives on Immigration? Guillermina Jasso Jasso, Guillermina 107

Immigration Panel Summary Alison Brooks Brooks, Alison 135

Part Three Focusing on Processes

7 Transition Time at the National Level: The Government, Congress, and Party Leaders Walter J. Oleszek Oleszek, Walter J. 143

Oversight Panel Summary John D. Marvel Marvel, John D. 171

8 What Do We Expect from Our Elections? David A. Dulio Dulio, David A. 177

Elections and Campaigns Panel Summary William L. Harder Harder, William L. 195

9 Restoring Public Protections: Regulatory Challenges Confronting President Obama and the 111th Congress Rick Melberth Melberth, Rick 203

Regulation Panel Summary William G. Resh Resh, William G. 225

List of Figures 233

List of Tables 233

About the Editors 235

Conference Information 237

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