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Andrisani, Paul J., Simon Hakim, and Eva Leeds, eds. 2000. Making Government Work: Lessons from America's Governors and Mayors. Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

   This collection includes contributions by governors and big city mayors.
   Under the theme of how to make government more efficient and effective,
   they discuss a variety of issues, from welfare to clean water.

Bukowski, Jeanie J., and Swarna Rajagopalan, eds. 2000. Re-distribution of Authority: A Cross-Regional Perspective. Westport, CT: Praeger.

   The contributors to this volume are engaged in studying why and how
   authority shifts both within nation states and among nation states. Nine
   case studies of the redistribution of authority are presented. They examine
   India, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka,
   and the United States.

Deakin, Nicholas, and Richard Parry. 2000. The Treasury and Social Policy: The Contest for Control of Welfare Strategy. New York: St. Martin's Press.

   A study of the Treasury in British government, this book examines the major
   internal changes that the institution has undergone in recent years.
   Relying on in-depth interviews, it explores changes in officials' styles of
   behavior and their impacts on the institution's policy role.

Finkelstein, Neal D., ed. 2000. Transparency in Public Policy: Great Britain and the United States. New York: St. Martin's Press.

   Including within the concept of transparency such issues as whether
   information is accessible, policies are easily understood, and
   responsibility for outcomes is clear, this volume includes selections on
   health, education, environmental, firearms regulation. and budgetary
   policy.

Fisk, Milton. 2000. Toward a Healthy Society: The Morality and Politics of American Health Care Reform. Lawrence, KS: The University Press of Kansas.

   Fisk argues that health care reform is more than a matter of life and
   death. It is crucial to a society that values concern for others and
   respects market forces.

Gaffaney, Timothy. 2000. Freedom for the Poor: Welfare and the Foundations of Democratic Citizenship. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

   Arguing that liberty entails having the ability to participate in
   democratic politics, the author explains that providing welfare to the poor
   is; necessary for them to exercise their rightful role in a democracy.

Garber, Alan M., ed. 1999. Frontiers in Health Policy Research, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

   Part of a series addressing economic research on health policy issues, this
   volume contains five papers from a conference held in June 1998. They
   address issues such as the productivity of health care, fine rise of
   for-profit health care providers, and the costs of medical care at the end
   of life.

Garson, G. David, ed. 2000. Social Dimensions of Information Technology: Issues for the New Millennium. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.

   This volume does not pretend to contain comprehensive coverage of the
   implications of information technology, but it does include papers that
   raise important social, political, educational, personal, and international
   issues for public policy and societal development.

Huber, Peter. 1999. Hard Green: Saving the Environment from the Environmentalists, A Conservative Manifesto. New York: Basic Books.

   Promoted as an "answer" to Al Gore's Earth in the Balance, this book
   contends that rather than pre serving our natural resources,
   environmentalists are hastening their destruction. … 

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