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Artists of the Possible (eBook, ePUB) - Grossmann, Matt
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Do policymakers heed the voices of the American public or only the lobbyists in Washington? Why do they take action on health reform, but not gun control? Why does policymaking usually move slowly, and sometimes not at all? Artists of the Possible takes on these questions, analyzing sixty years of domestic policy history to provide a new understanding of what drives policymaking in all three branches of government. The results are surprising: public policy does not address the public's largest concerns. The amount of policy-and its liberal or conservative direction-emerges instead from…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Do policymakers heed the voices of the American public or only the lobbyists in Washington? Why do they take action on health reform, but not gun control? Why does policymaking usually move slowly, and sometimes not at all? Artists of the Possible takes on these questions, analyzing sixty years of domestic policy history to provide a new understanding of what drives policymaking in all three branches of government. The results are surprising: public policy does not address the public's largest concerns. The amount of policy-and its liberal or conservative direction-emerges instead from coalition building and compromises among political elites. Elections, public opinion, and media coverage have little impact, no matter the issue area. Even changes in Washington's partisan balance and ideological divides fail to reliably produce shifts in policy direction. This data-rich, exhaustively researched work overturns our most basic assumptions about how policy is made, challenging the notion that our government is of, by, and for the people.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press
  • Erscheinungstermin: 10.04.2014
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780190243326
  • Artikelnr.: 41658650
Autorenporträt
Matt Grossmann is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University and Director of the Michigan Policy Network. His previous book, The Not-So-Special Interests: Interest Groups, Public Representation, and American Governance, was published by Stanford University Press. He is also co-author of Campaigns & Elections: Rules, Reality, Strategy, Choice, published by W. W. Norton. His research appears in the Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, and twelve other journals.