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Time, Politics, and Policies: A Legislative Year / Edition 1

Time, Politics, and Policies: A Legislative Year / Edition 1

by Burdett A. Loomis


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Time, Politics, and Policies: A Legislative Year / Edition 1

"An exhaustive exploration, solidly grounded in elite interviews and observations of the varieties of policy that legislators grapple with. It captures the richness of the political games and the policy enterprises during a year in the life of the legislature—a finite period, but one in which time, timing, timeliness, and luck are of the essence."—Alan Rosenthal, author of Governors and Legislatures: Contending Powers

"Loomis' vivid picture of a year in the life of the Kansas legislature tells why real democracy, while hardly an economical form of government, is so responsive and energetic. This book is the work of a keen and thoughtful observer of political activity in a free and robust society."—William K. Muir, Jr., author of Legislature: California's School for Politics

"This book captures the dynamic nature of the legislative process by emphasizing the central importance of timing. Loomis highlights the critical linkages between electoral and legislative politics and the crucial role of leadership in building coalitions and party cohesion. He also provides an unusually clear explanation of how legislative agendas are created and why some bills pass and others fail."—Malcolm E. Jewell, author of Representation in State Legislatures

Author Biography: Burdett Loomis, a noted scholar on legislatures and interest groups, is professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He is author of The New American Politician and Setting Course: A Congressional Management Guide and coeditor of several books, including Interest Group Politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900700606220
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 01/07/1993
Series: Studies in Government and Public Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
1. Introduction: The Beginning of Political Time
2. The Nature of Political Drama
3. Casting the Drama: March-November 1988
4. Setting the State's Policy Agenda
5. Rules of the Game
6. Death and Taxes: The Governor's Agenda
7. Dogs That Don't Bark, Those That Won't Hunt
8. Endgame I: Highways
9. Endgame II: Preparation and Exhaustion
10. Time after Time
11. Reflections on Political Time

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