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Democratic Policy Implementation in an Ambiguous World

By Luke Fowler
Subjects: Public Policy

Explains the complexities of policy implementation and why attempts to translate new laws into effective and enduring policy sometimes succeed and sometimes fail.

Portraits of Public Service

Reveals the often-untold stories of front-line public servants.

Convergence as Adaptivity

Argues that states substitute unwanted policy changes dictated by globalization with politically feasible ones, leading to policy convergence.

In Local Hands

The first comprehensive study of village government formation and dissolution in New York State.

Technical Communication for Environmental Action

This collection engages scholars and practicioners in a conversation about the ways that Technical Communication has contributed to pragmatic and democratic actions to address climate change.

Making the Public Service Millennial

Examines how the new wave of Generation Y public service employees are affecting the dynamics of continuity and change in public management ethics.

A New American Labor Movement

Describes how new kinds of direct-action labor movements are emerging to reshape American labor activism in the twenty-first century.

Capitalism for All

Demonstrates that a true liberal capitalism has the capacity to enable personal well-being while dealing with new challenges such as pandemics, climate change, and automation.

Ecology on the Ground and in the Clouds

Follows Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland as they travel together in South America and then go their separate ways, in the process illustrating two very different ways of understanding humanity's place in the natural world.

FDR's Budgeteer and Manager-in-Chief

First study of Harold D. Smith, FDR’s budget director from 1939 to 1945.

America in Denial

Examines how race-neutral programs and policies harm, rather than improve, the lives of blacks in the United States.

Supporting Shrinkage

Demonstrates how residents can play a leading role in the positive transformation of their communities in the face of economic and population decline.

Meander

Draws on the author's own experiences as a watershed planner, teacher, and activist to tell the story of the Great Lakes region's experiment in restoring a complicated natural system of flowing water.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

Assesses the place of non-military national service in Israeli politics and society.

Taxation in Utopia

An interdisciplinary exploration of utopian political philosophy from the neglected perspective of taxation.

Pharmapolitics in Russia

Documents the surprising role pharmaceutical science and technology has played in Russia’s search for national identity over a century of political turbulence.

Public Affairs and Democratic Ideals

Argues for refocusing attention on publicness and the critical exploration of underlying assumptions that are foundational to the study and practice of public affairs.

The Ideology of Civic Engagement

Examines the organization, regulation, and enactment of civic engagement within AmeriCorps, an American volunteer service program.

Higher Education for Democracy

Uses a cross-national comparison of Los Angeles, New Delhi, and Hong Kong to develop strategies universities should employ to strengthen democracy and resist fascism.

Self-Direction

Relates how the self-direction movement was developed, the research that supports it, how the model has spread across the country and the globe, and recommendations and prospects for the future.

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment

Argues that impeachment may no longer be an effective check on overreach by American presidents.

Civilization and Barbarism

Challenges the established corrections paradigm and argues for replacing mass incarceration with a viable and more humane alternative.

See America

The first history of the US Travel Bureau, which set the precedent for federal involvement in promoting tourism and travel, an activity which continues today.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Racial Inequality in New York City since 1965

A comprehensive exploration of racial inequality in New York City since 1965.

African Americans and the First Amendment

The first detailed examination of African Americans and First Amendment rights, from the colonial era to the present.

Teacher Education Reform as Political Theater

By Elena Aydarova
Subjects: Education

An ethnography of Russian teacher education reforms as scripted performances of political theater.

Breaking Boundaries

Analyzes efforts made by communities and policy makers around the world to push beyond conventional approaches to environmental decision making.

The Art of the Watchdog

Expert advice on how any citizen can fight government fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption.

Property Rights in Contemporary Governance

Examines how our diverse understandings of property impact real-world governing strategies.

Organizing for Transgender Rights

Illuminates transgender activists' successful strategies to organize for social and political change in the US.

Political Power in America

Introduction to American politics and government, intended for students of political science. Provides a critical examination of both political institutions and political behavior.

Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development, Second Edition

Examines the many issues raised by TIF, the most widely used tool of local economic and community development.

Congress and Diaspora Politics

Studies the impact of lobbying efforts by domestic ethnic groups and foreign governments on US policymaking.

The New Welfare Consensus

Discusses the conservative ideological and political attack on welfare in the United States.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

NATO's Durability in a Post-Cold War World

Examines how NATO has adapted and endured after the end of the Cold War, transforming itself to deal with a host of new security challenges.

Hearts and Minds

By Nachman Shai
Subjects: Area Studies

Uses Israel’s public diplomacy efforts during the second intifada (2000–2005) as a prime example of interactions between state security, diplomacy, and the media.

Contractual Politics and the Institutionalization of Bureaucratic Influence

Analyzes long-term interest group/party alliances, with a focus on the part played by federal advisory committees.

From the Streets to the State

Blends academic and activist perspectives to explore recent emancipatory struggles to win and transform state power.

The Caribbeanization of Black Politics

Examines the continuing ethnic diversification of black America and its impact on black political empowerment.

Poor Joshua

Tells the story of a tragic Supreme Court decision involving child abuse and what might be done to rectify it.

Towards Continental Environmental Policy?

Examines the challenges of environmental governance in contemporary North America.

Ethics and Accountability on the US Supreme Court

Examines the causes and consequences of recusal behavior on the US Supreme Court.

Because We Are Human

Offers a complete empirical account of US government programs, policies, and interventions outside the United States on behalf of the human rights of LGBTQ people.

The Politics of Persuasion

Examines how the US media covers high-profile public policy issues in the context of competing claims about media bias.

Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea

By Jiso Yoon
Subjects: Public Policy

Reveals how policymaking traditions prior to democratization continue to resonate within current South Korean public policy advocacy practices.

International Disaster Management Ethics

Responds to the demanding political and ethical challenges faced by the international disaster management community.

Urban Citizenship and American Democracy

Examines city politics and policy, federalism, and democracy in the United States.

Rethinking Sexual Citizenship

Offers a more democratic way to think about families, politics, and public life.

Elder Care Journey

Combining expert knowledge and first-hand experience, a noted elder care researcher confronts the long-distance care of her own mother.

Privatizing the Polity

Presents evidence that the expansion of welfare privatization makes it harder for people to move out of poverty in large numbers.

Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan

Explores the trend of lifelong learning in Japan as a means to deal with risk in a neoliberal era.

American Politics and the Environment, Second Edition

Examines the role of politics in the environmental policy making process.

Machiavelli's Secret

Uncovers clues regarding the inner life of Machiavelli's political leaders.

The New Governance of Welfare States in the United States and Europe

Detailed examination of the territorial and governance dimensions of contemporary welfare reforms in the United States and Europe.

The Philosopher-Lobbyist

The history of John Dewey's leadership of the progressive People's Lobby.

Thirsty City

By Skye Borden
Subjects: Public Policy

Explores the evolution of Atlanta's water system and charts the poor urban planning decisions that created the city's current water shortage.

Disaster Emergency Management

Examines how public officials in the US, China, Japan, and Indonesia have interacted with communities affected by natural disasters.

Government Budgeting

Practitioner-oriented sampling of the major tools used to deal with current public-sector fiscal issues.

Bridges

A multidisciplinary and accessible introduction to humanity’s favorite structure: the bridge.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Drug War Statistics, Second Edition

Revised and updated edition that analyses how the Office of National Drug Control Policy employs statistics to misleadingly claim the War on Drugs is a success.

Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers

A comprehensive examination of the relationship between higher education, state government, and economic development.

Precipice or Crossroads?

Comprehensive treatment of the challenges faced by America’s public research universities, and of what those challenges may mean for the nation.

Tax Cheating

An examination of the ethical issues surrounding tax cheating and implications for public policy.

The Federal Government and Urban Housing, Third Edition

A comprehensive history of U.S. housing policy that illuminates the political struggles that have accompanied the nation’s effort to assist those citizens who are in desperate need of decent, affordable housing.

Fighting for Our Health

Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.

Water Pollution Policies and the American States

A fresh perspective on American water pollution policy

Critical Urban Studies

Essays reevaluating and challenging the critiques of the urban studies field

Rethinking Contemporary Warfare

Examines the combat experience of Israel’s ground forces in the Al-Aqsa Intifada in order to offer a set of innovative concepts for understanding irregular warfare.

The Creation of a Federal Partnership

New perspective on state-level housing policy, how its role has grown in relation to the federal role.

Comparative Public Budgeting

Holistic, comparative analysis of multiple budget systems and contexts.

Coping with Terrorism

A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism

The Beach Beneath the Streets

Examines New York City as a paradigmatic example of the tensions between privatization and public uses of space in the contemporary U.S.

Splintered Accountability

Detailed study of how real education reform works.

All But Forgotten

Study of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy in public administration.

Silencing the Opposition

Edited by Craig R. Smith
Subjects: History

Examines major challenges to the Fist Amendment and focuses on the extremely important paradigm shift of freedom of expression in the post-9/11 era.

Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System

Studies the Federal Home Loan Bank System, how it has changed over time and why

Transporting Atlanta

Examines the dynamics of Atlanta’s transportation crisis.

Getting a Poor Return

Examines competing claims and beliefs about the American legal system in the area of tax policy and tax enforcement.

The Quotable Judge Posner

Collection of quotations and judicial opinions of federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner

Universal Preschool

Examines recent trends in state-funded preschool education.

The Rising State

Examines how federal and state governments have assumed ever-greater control over the education process since the 1960s.

Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital

Argues that the United States refuses to address global warming because of the reliance of the American economy on urban sprawl.

Environmental Integration

A new and original way of looking at the challenge presented by environmental issues.

Who Speaks for Hispanics?

Examines the policy stances of two major Hispanic interest groups.

Comparative Environmental Regulation in the United States and Russia

Explores how policy actors in the United States and Russia have developed flexible incentive-based instruments for environmental protection.

Foreign Workers in Israel

Explores how the entry of migrant workers into Israel raises questions beyond just those of the labor market.

The Politics of Identity

Makes the surprising claim that identity politics can facilitate rather than undermine worker solidarity.

Contemporary American Federalism

Traces the development of the American federal system of government, focusing principally on the shifting balance of powers between the national government and the states.

School Choice Policies and Outcomes

Provides a clear assessment of all sides of the school choice debate.

Follow the Money

Reveals the powerful influence of financial elites on New York City’s mayors.

Business Improvement Districts and the Shape of American Cities

Examines the impact of business improvement districts on the quality of contemporary civic life.

Justice for Children

By Harry Adams
Subjects: Public Policy

Applies the concept of personal and political autonomy to children and children’s development.

Economic Development in American Cities

Evaluates the impact of equity investments in five cities during the 1990s.

The Politics of Air Pollution

Argues that clean air policy is driven by locally oriented economic elites.

Identity Matters

Blends memoir and scholarship to provide a moving and sometimes unsettling look at how academic discourse affects the cultural values and identities that students bring into the writing classroom.

Declarations of Dependency

Presents an original and provocative argument about poverty policy in the United States.

Science, Technology, and Democracy

Examines restrictions and potentialities for public access to science and technology decision making.