How Change Happens—or Doesn’t: The Politics of US Public PolicyElaine C. Kamarck
|2013/163 pages/LC: 2013014719 |
Choice Outstanding Academic Book!
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 paths of a series of modern policy initiatives from the orderly world of analysis to the messy world of partisan politics. Dissecting the reasons for policy success and failure, she offers an intriguing new perspective on how change happens in the space where politics and policy overlap.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elaine C. Kamarck is lecturer in public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was a senior policy adviser to the Clinton administration and a political columnist for Newsday and the Los Angeles Times. She is author of The End of Government ... As We Know It: Making Public Policy Work.
- Change in the Messy World of Partisan Politics.
- Assessing the Policy Battlefield.
- Evaluating Policy Problems.
- Not All Policy Is Created Equal.
- The Overrated Value of Bipartisanship.
- When the Insiders Get It Wrong.
- Politics as a Fight.
- Elections: Do They Matter?
- Coping with the Unexpected.