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The Deficit and the Public Interest: The Search for Responsible Budgeting in the 1980s Paperback – December 4, 1991

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""The Deficit and the Public Interest should be required reading for anyone who has followed the deficit debate. . . . To read it fully takes some discipline, and some basic knowledge of legislative procedures and jargon. Fortunately, the writing style is felicitous, lively and clear. That, along with both the careful, honest, straightforward marshalling of argument and data and the power of the thesis, makes the effort worthwhile."--Norman J. Ornstein, "New York Times Book Review

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"No one can understand the politics of the 1980s without understanding the politics of the budget, and no one understands the politics of the budget better than White and Wildavsky. In explaining why budgeting has dominated national politics, they show the implications for American government of the long stalemate over the deficit."—Allen Schick, University of Maryland

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 695 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (December 4, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520076508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520076501
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,435,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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