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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
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