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Affirmative Action at WorkBron TaylorThis work presents a comprehensive picture of the cross-pressures-the racial fears and antagonisms, the moral, ethical, and religious views about fairness and opportunity, the rigid ideas-that guide popular attitudes about affirmative action. Using theoretical and empirical data, Taylor deconstructs the views of a group of workers in the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Agency Merger and Bureaucratic RedesignKaren HultHult examines why government agency restructurings often fail, assesses the usefulness of mergers and reorganizations as a policy tool, and offers valuab`le case studies that contribute to understanding public management and organization design.

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AgingBennett Rich This book provides a comprehensive analysis of federal programs for the aging, and their origins.

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Anthropological Approaches to Political BehaviorFrank McGlynnThe essays in this collection highlight theoretical issues surrounding concepts of power. These essayists argue that the only way to fully comprehend and analyze the complexities of power is to locate where the material, psychological, and social dimensions of political power are socially situated and reproduced.

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Budget-Maximizing BureaucratAndré BlaisThirteen scholars reexamine the provocative models of bureaucratic behavior developed by William A. Niskanen in his seminal book, Bureaucracy and Representative Government.

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Careers in City PoliticsTimothy BledsoeAn in-depth view of the vital aspects of local politics-access to political office, individual office holder's accountability to the public, the performance of councils as collective political bodies, and the often high turnover of personnel.

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Comparative Studies in AdministrationJames ThompsonThis volume is intended as a contribution to the study of administration. The contributors represent several branches of social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, economics, industrial management, sociology, and social psychology. The data for the empirical studies were gathered in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, West Africa, and the Fox Indian society, and from different types of organizations, including manufacturing, mining, shipping, higher education, hospitals, the military, and social welfare agencies.

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Continuity and DisruptionMatthew Holden JrMatthew Holden, Jr. argues that the study of public administration is indispensable to understanding politics. Essentially, public administration consists of making decisions about information, money, and force-three crucial sources of power: politics and administration cannot be separated, and no political system can be sustained when its administrative core collapses.

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Dead Laws for Dead MenDaniel CurranThis account of the struggle for coal mine health and safety legislation in the U.S. examines the series of laws that steadily expanded the role of the federal government from the late 1800s through the 1980s. Curran concludes that federal legislation has done little to improve change conditions in the coal mines.

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Development of the Dutch Welfare StateRobert CoxThe Dutch welfare system is one of the most benevolent in the world——but this was not always the case. Cox charts the rapid growth of the Dutch welfare system from the nineteenth century onward, comparing it to other nations, and offering theoretical analysis of this remarkable phenomenon.

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Disabling Interpretations Susan Mezey Concerned with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, this book takes a critical stance of the nation's legal system for preventing the act from becoming effective.

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Executive Leadership in Anglo-American SystemsColin CampbellEighteen essays address the problems of executive leadership in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Australia.

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Foreign Policy MotivationRichard CottamThis book presents a conceptual framework for identifying and weighing foreign policy motives that shape, direct, and alter foreign policy.

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Fragile DemocraciesGretchen CasperExamining the Marcos and Aquino administrations in the Philippines, and a number of cases in Latin Amarica, Casper discusses the legacies of authoritarianism and shows how difficult it is for popularly elected leaders to ensure that democracy will flourish.

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History and Context in Comparative Public PolicyDouglas AshfordThrough a series of essays, this volume argues that every political system is based on a substratum of shared intentions, meanings, and rules of conduct embedded in a culture.

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How Nations Choose Product Standards and Standards Change NationsSamuel KrislovNations use product standards, and manipulate them, for reasons other than practical use or safety. Samuel Krislov compares and contrasts the United States, the EC, the former Eastern bloc, and Japan-—o link standard choice with political styles and to trace growing internationalization based on product efficiency criteria.

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Impact of Policy AnalysisJames RogersDuring the 1960s and 1970s over $108 million was spent on four unprecedented social scientific experiments to test the effectiveness of a major proposal to reform the welfare system. Now out of favor, the negative income tax was then considered to be an appealing alternative to welfare. Starting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania during the Johnson administration, the experimental research continued through Carter's term and helped to keep reform proposal and research organizations alive. This book examines the results of these experiments and their effect on Carter's reform attempt-the Program for Better Jobs and Income.

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Leadership at the Apex Poul MouritzenLeadership at the Apex offers a revision of the general view concerning the boundaries of public administration. It reveals that there is more interdependence and shared influence between elected officials and appointed executives than previously realized.

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Moral Dimensions of Public Policy ChoiceJohn Martin GillroyCombining philosophy with practical politics, an expanding area of policy studies applies moral precepts, critical principles, and conventional values to collective decisions. This evolving new approach to policy analysis asserts that the same variety of ethical principles available to the individual are also available to make collective decisions in the public interest and should be used.

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Negotiating DemocracyGretchen CasperThis book examines why some countries succeed in installing democracy after authoritarian rule, and why some of these new democracies make progress toward consolidation.

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Organizing Governance, Governing OrganizationsColin CampbellIn recent years, Western bureaucracies have continued to expand, but are citizens better served? In this volume, sixteen contributors analyze the problems of government organization, both in individual cases and in a broader comparative context.

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Pitiful PlaintiffsSusan Gluck MezeyFocusing on a class action lawsuit against the Illinois child welfare system (B. H. v. Johnson), Pitiful Plaintiffs examines the role of the federal courts in the child welfare policymaking process and the extent to which litigation can achieve the goal of reforming child welfare systems.

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Policy Analysis by DesignDavis BobrowPolicy Analysis by Design examines the approaches to public policy taken by those who try to teach it, write about it, and influence it through major analysis. Bobrow and Dryzek systematically compare the five major contending analytical frames of reference: welfare economics, public choice, social structure, information processing, and political philosophy. The workings of each frame are illustrated by means of a common, if imaginary, policy case - air pollution in the hypothetical Smoke Valley.

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Policy Responses to the Globalization of American BankingPeter DombrowskiSince the late 1950s the world's banks have expanded their global operations, with US institutions leading the way. As the recent global economic crisis shows, actions of private bankers can threaten capital markets, weaken national regulatory systems, and strain international cooperation-seriously endangering the world economy and the interests of nation states.

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Political LeadershipBarbara KellermanAn edited collection of seminal literature on political leadership. Essays range from ancient Greece to the twentieth century, covering pundits that include Plato, Machiavelli, and Freud.

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Politics and Administration at the TopDelmer DunnDunn focuses on two levers of power in modern democracies, the elected party politician and the professional state bureaucrat, using Australia as his example. He uses interviews with Cabinet ministers, members of their staffs, and department heads to see how ministers seek to provide political direction to the bureaucracy. He examines the extent to which they succeed and how their direction is both influenced by and acted on by the departments.

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Private Markets and Public InterventionHarvey AverchAverch describes and analyzes common strategies for solving problems in public policy including the use of markets, bureaus, regulation, planning and budgeting, benefit-cost, systems analysis, and evaluation.

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Public FamilyDavid HerringIn The Public Family David Herring's goal is to create a new rhetoric that moves beyond the stalemate that often results from the war between advocates of parental rights and those of children's rights. This “rhetoric of associational respect” allows him to constructively address the role of rights and the limits of individualism in political and legal theory.

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Reconceiving LiberalismOren Levin-WaldmanThis text provides a practical application of political theory to contemporary public policy problems, with the intention of reconnecting liberalism with the values of American society. It suggests a policy relying less on cost-benefit analysis and more on a philosophical understanding of what best serves the community.

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Scrambling for ProtectionPatrick GarryIn our age of media revolutions, Patrick M. Garry offers guidelines for constitutionally redefining the press, and maintains that the First Amendment press clause must broaden the scope of its freedoms to include the communication activities of a much larger public.

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Shaping SuburbiaPaul LewisShaping Suburbia examines the politics of suburban growth and argues that the key to understanding suburbia is to understand the local governments that control it - their number, functions, and power. Using innovative models and data analyses, Paul Lewis demonstrates that the relative political fragmentation of a metropolitan area plays a key part in shaping its suburbs.

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Speaker and the BudgetDaniel PalazzoloOne of the most important changes in Congress in decades was the extensive congressional reforms of the 1970s, which moved the congressional budget process into the focus of congressional policy making and shifted decision making away from committees. This overwhelming attention to the federal budget allowed party leaders to emerge as central decision makers. Palazzolo traces the changing nature of the Speaker of the House's role in the congressional budget process from the passage of the Budget nd Impoundment Control Act of 1974, through the 100th Congress in 1988.

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Steel, State, and LaborAnthony DaleyDaley investigates the interaction among business, labor, and the state in France in the second half of the twentieth century. He explains how and why profitability came at the expense of union mobilization, unemployment, and management autonomy, vast amounts of state aid, and less national control over industrial decision making.

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To Vote or Not to Vote?André BlaisBlais tackles the controversial topic of rational choice theory in an engaging and personal way, bringing together the opposing theories and literatures, and offering convincing tests of these different viewpoints in order to find out what makes people decide to vote.

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Understanding Attitudes About WarGregory BrunkThe authors examine the ethical and moral underpinnings of U.S. international relations by exploring the attitudes of contemporary decision makers and foreign policy elites toward war. They bring together various doctrines in the literature and characterize them using behavioral methodologies.

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