Setting National Priorities: Agenda for the 1980s

Setting National Priorities: Agenda for the 1980s

Setting National Priorities: Agenda for the 1980s

Setting National Priorities: Agenda for the 1980s

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This is the eleventh volume in an annual series published by the Brookings Institution since 1970. It presents analyses of federal policy issues that emphasize the problems of choice and seek to identify the alternatives available. Most of the books in this series have examined presidential budget decisions and evaluated their implications for economic and social policy. This one departs somewhat from the usual format, as did its 1976 predecessor: it examines longer run problems that confront the nation as it prepares for both presidential and congressional elections.

Both domestic and foreign issues receive detailed attention here. The contributors address the problems of inflation, slow productivity growth, and energy. They explain how the world's economic interdependence affects the United States and discuss fresh approaches for improving federal policy toward the regulation of economic activity, medical care, education and training, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. They argue for changes in the nation's defenses in response to the volatile world situation, and they define the positions they believe the United States should take in its dealings with the Soviet Union, China, Japan, the countries of the Middle East, Western Europe, and the developing world. They conclude with an analysis of the reasons for the decline of confidence in the competence of government and how that confidence might be restored.

The contributors, writing during December 1979 and January 1980, took the rapid and unusual developments of the recent past . . .

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