- Series: Popular Politics and Governance in America (Book 3)
- Paperback: 161 pages
- Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers (May 28, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820455245
- ISBN-13: 978-0820455242
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Politics of Military Base Closings: Not in My District (Popular Politics and Governance in America)
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«Goren’s careful and thoughtful examination of the base-closure process raises crucial questions about the character of national policy making when the imperatives of cutbacks collide with the political system’s inherent tendency toward distributive politics. How can politicians bring themselves to allocate pain and sacrifice? If they can’t bring themselves to do that directly, how do they go about devising processes that will insulate them from the political costs of enacting cutbacks? Will those processes be harmful to the essence of representative democracy? Goren deftly explores these questions, pointing to what’s good about our system’s adaptability but raising the appropriate concerns about the trade-off between policy efficiency and democracy. This is a useful and important book.» (John T. Tierney, Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA (formerly of Boston College))
«No member of Congress likes to cut the pork, particularly when powerful interest groups and vocal constituents are knocking down the door. This ground-breaking analysis of the Base Realignment Closure Commission reveals the underbelly and complexity of ‘dedistributive’ politics. Sausage-making at its worst! Goren achieves no small feat – not only does she have the stunning ability to make the topic of base closure an interesting one, but she places the topic in the broader context of congressional politics, making it a must read for students and scholars alike.» (Kathryn Dunn Tenpas, University of Pennsylvania)
«More than validation of today's crisis of governance, ‘Not in My District’ is a wake-up call to policy analysis. For years we have focused on proving a truism of Lasswell's sage comment that politics is ‘who gets what, when, and how’ and, as Lowi showed, it will matter depending upon whether distributive, regulatory, or redistributive policy is at stake. Now we learn that a unique configuration of political forces yields what Goren calls ‘de-distributive’ policy. BRAC was deemed a success story for trimming perhaps two percent from the Pentagon budget. Meaning that, under optimal conditions, the politics of subtraction is not as potent as the politics of addition. Faculty, professionals, and students in the policy sciences are urged to read ‘Not in My District’ for its empirical contributions and its normative lessons.» (Ray Tatalovich, Professor, Department of Political Science, Loyola University, Chicago)
About the Author
The Author: Lilly J. Goren is Chair and Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. She has published widely on the topic of U.S. military base closures, including The Comparative Politics of Military Base Closures and a chapter in the book The Government Taketh Away: The Politics of Pain in the United States and Canada.
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