Politics and Public Policy

Politics and Public Policy

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Break with convention - An original look at policymaking

Policymaking is a messy business. It entails more than the traditional policy cycle discussed in most textbooks. And it involves more than presidents and members of Congress.

Judges, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, journalists, and voters all influence and participate in the process, and at all levels of government. Each group practices a different kind of politics, which very often results in different policies and outcomes. By looking at six distinct, yet connected, policy domains, your students will see a more comprehensive and realistic view of policymaking:
Boardroom Politics - decisions by professional and business leaders
Bureaucratic Politics - rule-making and adjudication by administrators
Cloakroom Politics - lawmaking by legislators
Chief Executive Politics - decision making by presidents, governors, mayors, and their advisers
Courtroom Politics - rulings by judges
Living Room Politics - opinions expressed by and through the mass media, grassroots movements, political activists, and voters

Policymakers are faced with tough choices. With this text, students are better prepared to evaluate their leaders' performance given the book'ss unique framework linking how policies are chosen with what policy is chosen.

Thoroughly updated to reflect the issues of the early 21st century, this new edition also incorporates new and important scholarship.

Recommended for classes in: Public Policy and American Government

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871876584
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/1991
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 361

About the Author

Carl E. Van Horn is professor of public policy and the director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He is the author of No One Left Behind: Economic Change and the American Worker (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996) and the editor of The State of the States (CQ Press, 1989).

William T. Gormley Jr. is University Professor and professor of government and public policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of several books, including Organizational Report Cards, with David Weimer and Everybody’s Children: Child Care as a Public Problem.

Donald C. Baumer is professor of Government at Smith College. He is coauthor of The Politics of Unemployment (CQ Press, 1985) with Carl Van Horn, and has published several articles on employment policy and Democratic leadership in the Senate. He recently completed a three-year term as Dean for Academic Development at Smith College.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Boxesix
1American Politics and Public Policy1
A Federal System10
Policy Influences outside Government12
The Scope of Conflict17
Politics and Policy20
2Political Culture, the Economy, and Public Policy27
A Durable Political Culture27
A Powerful Economy37
A Comparative Perspective47
3Boardroom Politics57
Corporate Concerns59
Corporate Governance65
Strategies and Policies70
After the Board Has Met75
4Bureaucratic Politics89
Civil Servants at Work91
The Cross-Pressured Bureaucracy95
Rules and Regulations103
The Quest for Results111
5Cloakroom Politics121
The Crowded Agenda122
Entrepreneurial Politics129
Rites of Passage138
Shaky Ground Rules, Unreliable Watchdogs145
6Chief Executive Politics157
Rulers of the Agenda158
The Power to Persuade166
The Buck Stops Here175
Promises and Performance182
Intended and Unintended Consequences184
The Management Puzzle186
7Courtroom Politics193
Cases and Controversies193
Selection of Cases198
Judicial Coalitions198
New Wine in Old Bottles205
Minorities as Beneficiaries208
The Long Road to Justice215
8Living Room Politics231
Bystanders and Activists232
Citizens, Politicians, and Journalists239
The Power of Public Opinion250
A Potent Weapon of Democracy259
9Institutional Performance271
An Analysis of Conventional Political Institutions272
Alternatives to Conventional Politics277
Performance Appraisal279
10Assessing American Public Policy299
Choosing Yardsticks299
Defending the Nation303
Achieving Sustained Economic Growth307
Ensuring Equal Opportunity313
Providing a Safety Net318
Protecting the Environment324

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