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Building Coalitions, Making Policy - The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Hardcover): Martin A. Levin,... Building Coalitions, Making Policy - The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Hardcover)
Martin A. Levin, Daniel DiSalvo, Martin M. Shapiro
R1,304 R1,185 Discovery Miles 11 850 Save R119 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In an age when partisan politics has reached a deafening--and arguably impotent--pitch, how does the real work of politics get done? This book opens the door on backroom politics and gives readers an insider's perspective on the efforts of policymakers from three presidential administrations to get past the naysayers and effect real and lasting policy changes.

The editors take a comparative approach, offering a thorough overview of policymaking during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, with further discussion of President Obama's successful and failed attempts to build coalitions and get past no. The contributors, a national network of prominent political scientists, reveal the sausage-making of politics and policy. Readers can almost see the political players in the proverbial smoke-filled room, shirtsleeves rolled up and BlackBerrys in hand, developing the strategies and hammering out the compromises designed to hold the party base while winning over independent voters. Combining an insider's perspective with actual case studies, the volume examines the policymaking behind such programs as

- No Child Left Behind- tax cuts- Social Security privatization- Medicare prescription drug reform- education and immigration reform- environmental policy- judicial politics- national security

Covering all major areas of policymaking, "Building Coalitions, Making Policy" gives instructors in political science, public administration and policy, American government, and American presidential studies plenty of provocative examples for classroom debate.

Building Coalitions, Making Policy - The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Paperback): Martin A. Levin,... Building Coalitions, Making Policy - The Politics of the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Presidencies (Paperback)
Martin A. Levin, Daniel DiSalvo, Martin M. Shapiro
R641 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R35 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In an age when partisan politics has reached a deafening--and arguably impotent--pitch, how does the real work of politics get done? This book opens the door on backroom politics and gives readers an insider's perspective on the efforts of policymakers from three presidential administrations to get past the naysayers and effect real and lasting policy changes.

The editors take a comparative approach, offering a thorough overview of policymaking during the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, with further discussion of President Obama's successful and failed attempts to build coalitions and get past no. The contributors, a national network of prominent political scientists, reveal the sausage-making of politics and policy. Readers can almost see the political players in the proverbial smoke-filled room, shirtsleeves rolled up and BlackBerrys in hand, developing the strategies and hammering out the compromises designed to hold the party base while winning over independent voters. Combining an insider's perspective with actual case studies, the volume examines the policymaking behind such programs as

- No Child Left Behind- tax cuts- Social Security privatization- Medicare prescription drug reform- education and immigration reform- environmental policy- judicial politics- national security

Covering all major areas of policymaking, "Building Coalitions, Making Policy" gives instructors in political science, public administration and policy, American government, and American presidential studies plenty of provocative examples for classroom debate.

Engines of Change - Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (Hardcover): Daniel DiSalvo Engines of Change - Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (Hardcover)
Daniel DiSalvo
R1,426 Discovery Miles 14 260 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

America's dominant two-party system forces the political parties to be inclusive and erect big tents. Since their origins, the Democratic and Republican parties have been ideologically variegated to accommodate such a demographically diverse and geographically expansive nation. Yet, given the variety of views within the parties, which prevail and why?
In Engines of Change, Daniel DiSalvo provides the first full account of the role of national intra-party "factions" in American politics. Factions are party sub-units that have enough ideological consistency, organizational capacity, and lasting power to sustain intra-party conflict. This definition widens the category to include many groups not previously categorized as factions, providing a more complete picture of all the different blocs interested in pushing their parties in a particular direction. DiSalvo follows the actions of twelve different party factions from the late 1860s to the present, showing how they have consistently shaped the larger party's ideology, the distribution of power in Congress, the patterns of presidential governance, and-ultimately-the development of the American state.
From the Mugwumps, Stalwart Republicans, and Half-Breeds of the Gilded Age, to the Modern Republicans and New Politics Democrats of the mid-twentieth century, to the more recent New Right and Tea Party movements, the groups DiSalvo covers all had a significant effect on the way their party operated at the time, with the most significant factions even generating changes that lasted long beyond their own era. Indeed, factions have often been just as important as the parties themselves in driving political change. Sweeping in scope, Engines of Change will reshape our understanding of the forces most responsible for reconfiguring the political landscape of modern America.

Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States - Still Soul Mates? (Hardcover): Mark McNaught Reflections on Conservative Politics in the United Kingdom and the United States - Still Soul Mates? (Hardcover)
Mark McNaught; Contributions by Nigel F. B. Allington, Sebastien Care, James W. Ceaser, Daniel DiSalvo, …
R1,912 Discovery Miles 19 120 Out of stock

This collective work examines the different conservatisms displayed in the UK and US, particularly in the areas of the meaning of rights, their foreign policy mission, the role of religious activism within their respective party politics, and the impact of the current economic crisis on free-market economic orthodoxy. Drawn from both political scientists and civilizationists, each of these four areas is explored in this work from both the US and the UK perspective. During the 1980's, United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the United States President Ronald Reagan shared a close relationship both on a personal level, and also politically in the areas of anticommunism and free-market economics. Thirty years later, can we still say that UK and US conservatism continue to share this ideological alignment? This question was explored at a conference held in Rennes France in November 2010, held in the wake of the Conservative victory in the 2010 general election followed by the attainment of a Republican majority in the House of Representatives in the US November elections. This will add to the scholarly mosaic of understanding of what constitutes conservatism, and help clarify the common strands of thought which unite them.

Government Unions and the Bankrupting of America (Paperback): Daniel DiSalvo Government Unions and the Bankrupting of America (Paperback)
Daniel DiSalvo
R121 R101 Discovery Miles 1 010 Save R20 (17%) Out of stock

Government-workers unions have been political juggernauts in the U.S. since the unseen collective-bargaining-rights revolution of the 1960s and '70s. These unions are different and more powerful than those that battle owners and managers in the private sector. To advance their interests, unions in the public sector have created cartels with their political allies, mostly in the Democratic Party, to the exclusion of the taxpaying public. In this Broadside, Daniel DiSalvo shows us how this government takeover happened and tells us what can be done to protect the public interest. The fiscal consequences have already proven dire and threaten the long-term power and prestige of the United States on the world stage.

Government against Itself - How Public Employee Unions Weaken America's Government and Economy (Hardcover): Daniel DiSalvo Government against Itself - How Public Employee Unions Weaken America's Government and Economy (Hardcover)
Daniel DiSalvo
R614 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R98 (16%) Out of stock

As workers in the private sector struggle with stagnant wages, disappearing benefits, and retirement ages that are moving further and further out onto the horizon, unionized gym teachers and lifeguards employed by the public sector retire in their fifties with over $100,000 a year in pension and healthcare benefits. Some even supplement this generous income by taking other jobs in their "retirement." Attempts to rein in the unions, as in Wisconsin and New Jersey, have met with massive resistance. Yet as Daniel DiSalvo argues in Government against Itself, public sector unions threaten the integrity of our very democracy.
DiSalvo, a third generation union member, recognizes the difference that collective bargaining made in the lives of his immigrant grandfather, a steelworker in Pittsburgh, and his father, a carpenter. He is not opposed to unions on ideological grounds. Rather, he opposes the form they have taken in the public sector, where they often face no real opposition in negotiations. Moreover, the public sector can't go out of business no matter how much union members manage to squeeze out of it. Union members have no incentive to ever settle for less, and this has a profound impact on the health of our society, as the costs get passed along to the taxpayer. States and municipalities break under the weight of their pension obligations, and the chasm between well-compensated public sector employees and their beleaguered private sector counterparts widens. Where private sector unions can provide a necessary counterweight to the power of capital, public employee unions are basically bargaining against themselves; it's no wonder they almost always win. The left is largely in thrall to the unions, both ideologically and financially; the right would simply take a hatchet to the state itself, eliminating important and valuable government services. Neither side offers a realistic vision of well-run, efficient government that serves the public.
Moving beyond stale and unproductive partisan divisions, DiSalvo argues that we can build a better, more responsive government that is accountable to taxpayers. But we cannot do it until we challenge the dominance of public sector unions in government. This carefully reasoned analysis of the power of public sector unions is sure to be controversial, and will be an important contribution to the debates about public vs. private unions, increasing inequality, and the role of government in American life.

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