Experiencing Politics A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care

ISBN-10: 0520224116
ISBN-13: 9780520224117
Edition: 2000
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Description: John E. McDonough affords a rare glimpse into the practice of state politics in this insider's account of the fascinating interface between political science and real-life politics. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for thirteen  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/22/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

John E. McDonough affords a rare glimpse into the practice of state politics in this insider's account of the fascinating interface between political science and real-life politics. A member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for thirteen years and a skilled storyteller, McDonough eloquently weaves together stories of politics and policy with engaging theoretical models in a way that illuminates both the theory and the practice. By providing a link between scholarship and the world of experience, he communicates much about the essence of representative democracy. In the process, he demonstrates how politics extend beyond the public sphere into many aspects of life involving diverse values and interests. McDonough describes the nature of conflict, the role of interests, agenda setting, the nature and pace of change, the use of language, and more. Accessible, insightful, and original, his stories touch on a broad range of issues--including health care politics, campaigns, and elections; a street gang called the X-men; the death penalty; campaign finance reform, and tenants versus landlords. To the author, politics is everywhere and political dynamics are universal. While the setting for this book is one legislature, the lessons and insights are intended for everyone.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Seeing Politics through Different Lenses
Basics
Politics Is ... and Debating Points
The Stories We Tell and the X-Men
Themes
Landlords, Tenants, and Conflict
Interests and a Fiscal Crisis
Representation, Relationships, and Campaign Warchests
Models
Punctuated Equilibrium and the Fate of Hospital Rate Setting
Agendas and Children's Health Care
Endings
Conversations, Games, and the Death Penalty
Concluding Remarks
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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