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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.

Inside the Green Lobby

A veteran environmental lobbyist reveals the behind-the-scenes struggles to address threats to the future of New York's Adirondack Park.

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.

America in Denial

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

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.

Taxation in Utopia

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

The Ideology of Civic Engagement

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

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.

Citizenship and Service

By Etta Bick
Subjects: Area Studies

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

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.

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.

Civilization and Barbarism

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

The Politics of Presidential Impeachment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dimensions of Blackness

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

The New Welfare Consensus

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

Congress and Diaspora Politics

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

From the Streets to the State

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rethinking Sexual Citizenship

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

Urban Citizenship and American Democracy

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

Elder Care Journey

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

American Politics and the Environment, Second Edition

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

Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan

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

Privatizing the Polity

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

Machiavelli's Secret

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

The Philosopher-Lobbyist

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

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.

Disaster Emergency Management

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

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.

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.

Learning from Leaders

Edited by Carol S. Weissert
Subjects: Public Policy

Discusses welfare reform in Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

Powersharing

This study of presidential administrations from Nixon through Clinton discusses how and why the White House has become the dominant player in the domestic policy process, relegating the departments to implementation, rather than design, of key initiatives.

Critical Theory, Public Policy, and Planning Practice

Too often attacked as hopelessly abstract, contemporary critical social theory can help us to understand both public policy and its analysis. In this book, John Forester shows how policy analysis, planning, ...

The Ethical Challenge of Auschwitz and Hiroshima

This book addresses the problem of religion, ethics, and public policy in a global technological civilization. It attempts to do what narrative ethicists have said cannot be done—to construct a cross-cultural ...

The Politics of Capital Investment

This book examines both the politics and products of the public investment process in one of America's largest cities. It broadens the scope of contemporary debates on the political economy of urban development ...

Environmental Justice

This book explores the philosophical background of questions on environmental justice. It focuses on theories of distributive justice, primarily those which concern the manner in which benefits and burdens ...

The Grant System

In the past thirty years, the giving and receiving of grants has grown from a small, loosely organized club involving a few elite institutions and a few million dollars to a massive system accounting ...

Contracting Out for Human Services

Contracting out for services has become a popular technique in government's perennial quest to cut spending. Yet seldom has the practice been examined from any but the public choice approach. This book ...

Revitalizing America's Cities

In many American cities, middle and upper income people are moving into neighborhoods that had previously suffered disinvestment and decay. The new residents renovate housing, stimulate business, and ...