Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy / Edition 1

Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0521595843
ISBN-13:
9780521595841
Pub. Date:
11/28/2010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Perpetuating the Pork Barrel: Policy Subsystems and American Democracy / Edition 1

Stein and Bickers explore the policy subsystems—links among members of Congress, interest groups, government agencies—that blanket the American political landscape. They employ a new data base detailing federal outlays to Congressional districts for each federal program to examine four myths about the impact of policy subsystems on American government: that policy subsystems are a major contributor to the federal deficit, that federal programs grow and rarely die, that subsystem actors seek to universalize the scope of program benefits, and that the flow of program benefits to constituencies ensures legislators' reelection.

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ISBN-13: 9780521595841
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part I: 1. Policy subsystems and the pork barrel; Part II: 2. The Programmatic expansion of US domestic spending; 3. The geographic scope of domestic spending: a test of the universalism thesis; Part III: 4. A portfolio theory of policy subsystems; 5. PAC contributions and the distribution of domestic assistance programs; 6. Policy subsystem adaptability and resilience in the Reagan period; 7. Congressional elections and the pork barrel; Part IV: 8. Policy subsystems in practice and democratic theory; Appendices.

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