Reforms at Risk What Happens after Major Policy Changes Are Enacted

ISBN-10: 0691138974
ISBN-13: 9780691138978
Edition: 2008
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Description: Reforms at Riskis the first book to closely examine what happens to sweeping and seemingly successful policy reforms after they are passed. Most books focus on the politics of reform adoption, yet as Eric Patashnik shows here, the political struggle  More...

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Reforms at Riskis the first book to closely examine what happens to sweeping and seemingly successful policy reforms after they are passed. Most books focus on the politics of reform adoption, yet as Eric Patashnik shows here, the political struggle does not end when major reforms become enacted. Why do certain highly praised policy reforms endure while others are quietly reversed or eroded away? Patashnik peers into some of the most critical arenas of domestic-policy reform--including taxes, agricultural subsidies, airline deregulation, emissions trading, welfare state reform, and reform of government procurement--to identify the factors that enable reform measures to survive. He argues that the reforms that stick destroy an existing policy subsystem and reconfigure the political dynamic. Patashnik demonstrates that sustainable reforms create positive policy feedbacks, transform institutions, and often unleash the ''creative destructiveness'' of market forces. Reforms at Riskdebunks the argument that reforms inevitably fail because Congress is prey to special interests, and the book provides a more realistic portrait of the possibilities and limits of positive change in American government. It is essential reading for scholars and practitioners of U.S. politics and public policy, offering practical lessons for anyone who wants to ensure that hard-fought reform victories survive.

  Eric M. Patashnik is professor of public policy and politics and associate dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of several books, including Reforms at Risk. 

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction: General-Interest Policymaking and the Politics of Reform Sustainability
Policy Reform as a Political Project
Expert Ideas Meet Politics: Reforming the Tax Code
Reforming the Agricultural Welfare State: The Mixed Case of the Freedom to Farm Act
Reforming the American Welfare State: ERISA and the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act
Uncle Sam Goes Shopping: Reinventing Government Procurement
Unshackling an Unstable Industry: Airline Deregulation
Making Pollution Control Pay: Emissions Trading for Acid Rain
Conclusions: The Patterns and Paradoxes of Policy Reform
Notes
Index

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