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Aberbach, Joel D., and Bert A. Rockman. 2000. In the Web of Politics: Three Decades of the U.S. Federal Executive. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
Aberbach and Rockman argue that unhappiness with public administration in the U.S. is less about bureaucracy and more about elected officials and the way they have structured our governance--more about disjointed political structures, a lack of coherence in policy, and fragmented decision making.
Alm, Leslie R. 2000. Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries: The Role of Scientists in the U.S. Acid Rain Debate. Westport, CT: Praeger.
In a descriptive analysis of the science-policy linkage, Alm examines the role that scientists played in placing acid rain on the political agenda and in framing the issue in a way that prompted action. He pays particular attention to the scientists' perspective regarding how science is and ought to be used in public policy formulation.
Baker, Will. 2000. Tony and the Cows: A True Story from the Range Wars. Lewiston, ID: Confluence Press.
Baker explores environmental politics in a way that combines personal experience and abstract philosophy. He looks at such connections as Thoreau and the Unabomber, the cattle trade and democracy, civilization and wildness, and nature and human nature.
Burke, Sheila, Eric Kingson, and Uwe Reinhardt, eds. 2000. Social Security and Medicare: Individual vs. Collective Risk and Responsibility. Washington, DC: National Academy of Social Insurance.
An annual volume from the Academy, this edition examines the idea of bringing more individual choice and responsibility into Social Security and Medicare. In addition to the benefits and risks of such reforms, the authors evaluate the political likelihood of their adoption.
Collins, Paul, ed. 2000. Applying Public Administration in Development: Guideposts to the Future. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
Using papers from the 1999 conference of the journal Public Administration and Development, this volume reviews the state of the art from both historic and futuristic perspectives. It uses case studies to draw conclusions about the current state of affairs.
Dionne, E. J., Jr., and John J. DiIulio, Jr., eds. 2000. What's God Got to Do with the American Experiment? Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
A compilation of essays that examine questions about the role of religion in contemporary American life, this volume explores the relationship between: social science and religion, civic actions and sacred purposes, politics and religion, and government and religious institutions.
Harriger, Katy J. 2000. The Special Prosecutor in American Politics, Second Edition, Revised. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
The author has updated an earlier edition to include material from Walsh's Iran-Contra and Starr's Whitewater-Lewinsky investigations. She analyzes the office in a framework of separation of powers.
Hatry, Harry P. 1999. Performance Measurement: Getting Results. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press.
Hatry offers a step-by-step guide to performance measurement that uses examples to highlight key steps. He suggests that the service characteristics to track include: timeliness, accessibility, convenience, accuracy, courteousness, adequacy, facility condition, and customer satisfaction.
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