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Abortion Politics in North America

Melissa Haussman

Despite legal affirmations of women's rights to abortion, actual access to the procedure in North America is increasingly curtailed. Melissa Haussman analyzes this disturbing disparity between official policies and daily realities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Haussman examines the successes of US antichoice groups—groups that have extended their reach to effectively contest    More >

Abortion Politics in North America

An Introduction to Child Maltreatment in the United States: History, Public Policy and Research

Clifford K. Dorne

This popular textbook has been completely revised to reflect key changes in policy and research of the past decade, including current trends in legislation, court procedures, child welfare and criminal justice policies. The new edition also reflects the buregoning multi-disciplinary, scholarly literature on the physical and sexual abuse of children, including less-explored topics such as    More >

Borrowing Inequality: Race, Class, and Student Loans

Derek V. Price

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, students increasingly rely on borrowing to pay for college. But is the result the improved socioeconomic position that they anticipate? Borrowing Inequality explores the real impact of loans on minority and low-income students.   Drawing on a national study of student-borrowing patterns, Derek Price finds that racial and ethnic minorities    More >

Borrowing Inequality: Race, Class, and Student Loans

California's Immigrant Children: Theory, Research, and Implications for Educational Policy

Rubén G. Rumbaut & Wayne A. Cornelius, editors

No state has felt the impact of the new immigration more than California, and no institution more than its schools. Fully a third of the nation's 20 million immigrants are concentrated in California, and over a third of the state's schoolchildren speak a language other than English at home. Largely from Asia and Latin America, these new Californians are extraordinarily diverse in their    More >

Capitalism and Justice: Envisioning Social and Economic Fairness

John Isbister

In Capitalism and Justice, John Isbister takes a practical approach to some of the most important questions of economic and social justice in the context of the global economy: How big a spread of incomes from rich to poor, for example, is consistent with social justice? Should inheritances be abolished? What sort of commitment should a rich country like the United States make to foreign aid?    More >

Capitalism and Justice: Envisioning Social and Economic Fairness

Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 2nd Edition

Marc Allen Eisner, Jeff Worsham, and Evan J. Ringquist

Contemporary Regulatory Policy demystifies the field of regulatory politics. The authors examine the regulatory process in seven major areas: antitrust, banking and securities, telecommunications, environmental protection, occupational safety and health, consumer products, and energy. They also address the extent to which presidential partisanship, ideological shifts in Congress, and other    More >

Contemporary Regulatory Policy, 2nd Edition

Crafting Public Institutions: Leadership in Two Prison Systems

Arjen Boin

Through case studies of two prison systems—the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Dutch prison system—Arjen Boin identifies the challenges and opportunities that confront public managers who want to reorient correctional policy and make prisons more effective. Crafting Public Institutions contrasts the two prison systems to show how focused leadership—or its    More >

Creating Gender: The Sexual Politics of Welfare Policy

Cathy Marie Johnson, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, and Noelle H. Norton

Seldom do we notice, let alone explicitly acknowledge, that public policies set distinct parameters for gender. But as Creating Gender compellingly demonstrates, in reality governments do use policy—to legitimize and support some gender-based behaviors, while undermining others.   Looking in depth at the case of welfare reform, but considering a wide range of policy arenas, the    More >

Creating Gender: The Sexual Politics of Welfare Policy

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military

Aaron Belkin and Geoffrey Bateman, editors

Conservatives and liberals agree that President Bill Clinton's effort to lift the military's gay ban was perhaps one of the greatest blunders of his tenure in office. Conservatives argue that Clinton should have left well enough alone; liberals believe that he should have ordered the military to accept homosexuals rather than agreeing to the compromise "don't ask, don't    More >

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military

Driving Down the Cost of Drugs: Battling Big Pharma in the Statehouse

Ramón Castellblanch

How can health-access advocates beat the wealthy pharmaceutical industry, which has the biggest spending lobby in Washington? Ramón Castellblanch provides a ringside seat at the battle as he reveals how activists in Vermont, Maine, and California took on Big Pharma in their state legislatures to promote better and cheaper access to prescription drugs—and ultimately pushed Congress to    More >

Driving Down the Cost of Drugs: Battling Big Pharma in the Statehouse

Elusive Equality: Women’s Rights, Public Policy, and the Law, 2nd edition

Susan Gluck Mezey

Elusive Equality explores how government institutions—the executive branch, the federal courts, Congress, and state legislatures—affect the legal status of women. In this fully revised and updated edition, Susan Gluck Mezey traces the evolving legal parameters of gender equality from early court rulings through the most recent legislation and judicial decisions. She also examines    More >

Elusive Equality: Women’s Rights, Public Policy, and the Law, 2nd edition

Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards

Kevin R. Kosar

In the past fifteen years, presidents from two parties, supported by parents, teachers, and civic leaders have tried—and generally failed—to increase student achievement through federal policymaking. Supposedly pathbreaking legislation to "leave no child behind" has hardly made a dent in the problem. What is going on? Kevin R. Kosar delves into the political maneuvering    More >

Failing Grades: The Federal Politics of Education Standards

Gambling Politics: State Government and the Business of Betting

Patrick A. Pierce and Donald E. Miller

Legalized gambling has spread like wildfire through the United States, with only Hawaii and Utah still prohibiting all of its forms. The reason? Gambling has become the method of choice for states in search of additional revenue: in 2002 alone, state lottery sales exceeded $42 billion, netting nearly $14 billion in "voluntary taxes." Gambling Politics examines this dramatic development    More >

Gambling Politics: State Government and the Business of Betting

Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Regulation

Marc Allen Eisner

This comprehensive overview of US environmental regulation from the inception of the EPA through the Bush administration goes beyond traditional texts to consider alternatives to the existing regulatory regime, as well as the challenges posed by the global nature of environmental issues. Thoughtful and evenhanded, Governing the Environment covers the full range of topics relevant to our    More >

Governing the Environment: The Transformation of Environmental Regulation

Health Policy: The Decade Ahead

James M. Brasfield

James Brasfield explores the full gamut of health policy issues confronting the United States—ranging from Medicare and Medicaid, to the heated controversies surrounding health care reform, to the "sleeping giant" of long-term care. Notable features of the text include balanced discussions of: • how the real-world policy process works • competing proposals for    More >

Health Policy: The Decade Ahead

How Change Happens—or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy

Elaine C. Kamarck

How do transformative changes in public policy take place? Why do some issues rise to the top of the political agenda, while others are completely ignored? What makes some major policy initiatives succeed—at times, even when the odds are decidedly against them—while others fail or languish for decades? Answering those questions is the purpose of this book. Elaine Kamarck traces the    More >

How Change Happens—or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public Policy

Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities

Wayne A. Cornelius and Jessa M. Lewis, editors

This important book reveals how the stricter US border-control activities of the past decade have affected the behavior of migrants and potential migrants in rural Mexico. The authors establish direct links between changes in immigration-control policies and changes in the decision to migrate, choice of destination, mode of entry, and inclination to participate in a temporary worker program. They    More >

Impacts of Border Enforcement on Mexican Migration: The View from Sending Communities

Insuring Children’s Health: Contentious Politics and Public Policy

Alice Sardell

Assuring that low-income children have health coverage would seem to be a noncontroversial and popular issue. Yet, the policy history of US children’s health insurance is full of drama, and the fate of the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) has been marked by ideological conflict and two presidential vetoes. Why? Alice Sardell answers this question through an    More >

Insuring Children’s Health: Contentious Politics and Public Policy

Land Wars: The Politics of Property and Community

John G. Francis and Leslie Pickering Francis

"It's my land, I can do whatever I want with it." "This is our neighborhood (or city, or park), and we should be the ones deciding how it's used." These are two strongly held—and diametrically opposed—views of appropriate land use. As John G. and Leslie Pickering Francis demonstrate, the debate about what to do with land is messy, complex, and often based on    More >

Land Wars: The Politics of Property and Community

Migration from the Mexican Mixteca: A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California

Wayne A. Cornelius, David Scott FitzGerald, Jorge Hernández-Díaz, and Scott Borger, editors

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! This volume provides a vivid portrait of a transnational migrant community anchored in both the remote Mixteca region of Oaxaca and the San Diego metropolitan area. Drawing on surveys and interviews with migrants and potential migrants conducted by a binational research team in 2007-2008, the contributors show how the Oaxaca-based and the California-based    More >

Migration from the Mexican Mixteca:  A Transnational Community in Oaxaca and California

Negotiating Privacy: The European Union, the United States, and Personal Data Protection

Dorothee Heisenberg

How did the European Union come to be the global leader in setting data privacy standards? And what is the significance of this development? Dorothee Heisenberg traces the origins of the stringent EU privacy laws, the responses of the United States and other governments, and the reactions and concerns of a range of interest groups.   Analyzing the negotiation of the original 1995 EU Data    More >

Negotiating Privacy: The European Union, the United States, and Personal Data Protection

Olympic Dreams: The Impact of Mega-events on Local Politics

Matthew J. Burbank, Gregory D. Andranovich, and Charles H. Heying

What drives cities to pursue large-scale, high-profile events like the Olympic games? What are the consequences for citizens and local governments? Investigating local politics in three U.S. cities—Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Salt Lake City—as they vied for the role of Olympic host, this book provides a compelling narrative of the evolving political economy of modern megaevents. The    More >

Olympic Dreams: The Impact of Mega-events on Local Politics

Pill Politics: Drugs and the FDA

Stephen J. Ceccoli

From aspirin to Viagra to the latest cancer treatment, the Food and Drug Administration acts as a gatekeeper determining what medicines are legally available in the United States. But in fulfilling that regulatory role, Stephen Ceccoli argues, the FDA may inadvertently be promoting new drugs at the expense of public health.   The FDA's initial mandate to protect health grew out of    More >

Pill Politics: Drugs and the FDA

Public Policy: Perspectives and Choices, 5th edition

Charles L. Cochran and Eloise F. Malone

Drones. "Obamacare." Immigration. The economy. Gun control. Topics in the news on a daily basis, all the subject of heated policy debates. This new edition of Public Policy: Perspectives and Choices—thoroughly revised to reflect a half-decade of significant changes in the policy environment—is designed to give students the tools that they need to analyze and assess the    More >

Public Policy: Perspectives and Choices, 5th edition

Renegade Cities, Public Policy, and the Dilemmas of Federalism

Lori Riverstone-Newell

When state and federal governments intrude, abdicate responsibility, or prove unable to respond to local needs, how can cities fight back? How can they promote and defend their own interests? Addressing these questions, Lori Riverstone-Newell explores the emergence of local policy activism and its impact in a number of state and federal policy arenas.    More >

Renegade Cities, Public Policy, and the Dilemmas of Federalism

Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America

David W. Haines

In his masterful study of the relationship between refugees and the United States, covering seven decades of immigration history, David Haines shows how both the refugees and their new communities have struggled with national and ethnic identities, and also the effect that this struggle has had on US institutions and attitudes.    More >

Safe Haven? A History of Refugees in America

Sanctioning Religion?: Politics, Law, and Faith-Based Public Services

David K. Ryden and Jeffrey Polet, editors

Does federal funding of a church's welfare-to-work program constitute government endorsement of a particular religion? Do religious organizations that accept public funds lose the legal autonomy needed to preserve their religious identity and mission? Wading into the constitutional battle over whether government can/should enlist the help of religious organizations in delivering social    More >

Sanctioning Religion?: Politics, Law, and Faith-Based Public Services

Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the US-Mexico Border

Cari Lee Skogberg Eastman

Stories of interactions between unauthorized immigrants crossing the border into Arizona and the US citizens they encounter have made headlines not only in areas adjacent to the border, but across the entire United States. How have these stories, along with adamant members of civil society—those who provide help to travelers in need, as well as those who wish to stop what they see as an    More >

Shaping the Immigration Debate: Contending Civil Societies on the US-Mexico Border

Television: The Limits of Deregulation

Lori A. Brainard

Despite a broad political environment conducive to deregulation, television is one industry that consistently fails to loosen government's regulatory grip. To explain why, Lori Brainard explores the technological changes, industry structures, and political dynamics influencing this policy quagmire.   Contradicting current scholarly and popular accounts, Brainard demonstrates that new    More >

Television: The Limits of Deregulation

The End of Government . . . As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work

Elaine C. Kamarck

In the last decades of the twentieth century, many political leaders declared that government was, in the words of Ronald Reagan, "the problem, not the solution." But on closer inspection, argues Elaine Kamarck, the revolt against government was and is a revolt against bureaucracy—a revolt that has taken place in first world, developing, and avowedly communist countries alike. To    More >

The End of Government . . . As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work

The Evolution of Public Policy: Cars and the Environment

Toni Marzotto, Vicky Moshier Burnor, and Gordon Scott Bonham

How is U.S. public policy made? This comprehensive survey, designed to help students and scholars understand the complexity of policymaking, traces the Employee Commute Option (ECO) step by step from initial idea through enactment and implementation to evaluation and reformulation. The authors integrate two dominant theories in the policy analysis literature—the policy cycle model and the    More >

The Fed and the Credit Crisis

J. Kevin Corder

What was the role of the Federal Reserve System in the 2008 financial crisis—as a cause of the crisis, as the most important government agency to respond, and as the center of federal efforts to prevent another crisis? J. Kevin Corder provides an incisive account of the Fed choices that contributed to the "crash of 2008." Centering his analysis on the oversight of mortgage    More >

The Fed and the Credit Crisis

The Making of Telecommunications Policy

Dick. W. Olufs III

The Making of Telecommunications Policy examines the history, politics, and impact of telecommunications policy. Beginning with a comparison of several alternate views of the future, Olufs explains how government action makes the widespread use of some new technologies more likely than others. He details the challenges that rapid advances in communications technologies pose for policymaking    More >

The Myth of the Free Market: The Role of the State in a Capitalist Economy

Mark A. Martinez

Mark Martinez reveals how the flawed myth of the "invisible hand" has distorted our understanding of how modern capitalist markets developed and actually work. Martinez draws on historical cases to make it clear that political processes and the state are not only instrumental in making capitalist markets work, but that there would be no capitalist markets or wealth creation without    More >

The Myth of the Free Market: The Role of the State in a Capitalist Economy

The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska: Multinationals vs. the State

Jerry McBeath, Matthew Berman, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Mary F. Ehrlander

Does Alaska's reliance on oil and gas mean that it inevitably will be controlled by corporate energy interests? Or can the state use its vast resource holdings to manage a more symmetrical partnership? The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska investigates the complex relationship Alaska has with its most precious commodity. Offering a new perspective on the challenges of oil-dependent    More >

The Political Economy of Oil in Alaska: Multinationals vs. the State

The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters

Dana Lee Baker

How can society best respond to people with atypical neurological development? Should we concentrate on providing medical care, or on ensuring civil rights? Addressing these questions, Dana Lee Baker offers a provocative analysis of the ways that intersecting agendas—prevention, civil rights, providing specialized care, and celebrating disability culture—compete to make disability    More >

The Politics of Neurodiversity: Why Public Policy Matters

The Politics of Taxing and Spending

Patrick Fisher

How are budget decisions made by the US government? Is it fair to blame skyrocketing deficits on an inability to curtail spending? How—and why—are taxing and spending decidedly separate political processes? Emphasizing budgetary politics rather than economic theories, Patrick Fisher offers a clear, thorough overview of how money flows through our government coffers. A welcome    More >

The Politics of Taxing and Spending

The Transnational Politics of U.S. Immigration Policy

Marc R. Rosenblum

The politics of immigration and migration control has taken on new urgency in the post-9/11 world as sovereignty concerns clash with industrialized democracies' continuing need for immigrants to fill jobs and sustain social security reserves.   Rosenblum analyzes U.S. immigration policy over the last 25 years, conceptualizing it as a two-stage, two-level game—thereby avoiding the    More >

The Transnational Politics of U.S. Immigration Policy

US National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics, 5th Edition

Sam C. Sarkesian, John Allen Williams, and Stephen J. Cimbala

The fifth edition of US National Security retains the structure and approach that have made this text so successful, but it has been revised and updated throughout to reflect the challenges faced by the Obama administration. The choices necessary in an increasingly budget-constrained environment, the broader range of national security issues, and the evolving nature of counterinsurgency doctrine    More >

US National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics, 5th Edition

US Politics and Climate Change: Science Confronts Policy

Glen Sussman and Byron W. Daynes

Why is climate change the subject of such vehement political rhetoric in the United States?  What explains the policy deadlock that has existed for nearly two decades—and that has resulted in the failure of US leadership in the international arena? Addressing these questions, Glen Sussman and Byron Daynes trace the evolution of US climate change policy, assess how key players—the    More >

US Politics and Climate Change: Science Confronts Policy

Whistleblowing: When It Works—And Why

Roberta Ann Johnson

Whistleblowers can ruin lives—and can save them. Is it worth it? Roberta Ann Johnson explores when and how—and to what effect—people make the choice to blow the whistle. Engrossing case studies from the tobacco industry, to NASA, to the FDA illustrate clearly how individual efforts can and do transform institutions, shape public policy, and serve as a force for    More >

Whistleblowing: When It Works—And Why