It argues that the policy implementation process, lodged in the Washington bureaucracy, is closely monitored by the nation's elite both directly and through interest group oversight. And it argues that the most important function of government from the perspective of the nation's elite--the regulation of the money supply--is undertaken independently of any elected officials by the Federal Reserve Board.
Throughout this volume, boxed features focus on relevant topics and key players in the current policymaking environment, offering vivid illustration of the top-down policymaking model. Among the issues highlighted are elite attitudes toward citizen policymaking, global trade policy, preferential tax treatment for investors, the influence of money in politics, tobacco legislation, the conflicting policy views of media and business elites, "banking reform," the divergence of public policy from popular preferences, mass distrust of government bureaucracies, public opinion about government waste, and the evaluation and reform of welfare policy. Among the influential elites profiled are the Ford Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, the Conservative Policy Network, the Business Roundtable, the media empires, and the Federal Reserve Board.
Support for research and preparation of this book was provided by the Lincoln Center for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan education and research organization serving the citizens of Florida and the nation. The views expressed in this book are those of the author only; they do not necessarily represent the views of the Lincoln Center for Public Service, its officers, or its trustees (Lincoln Center for Public Service, Suite 224, Bank of America Center, 1801 South Federal Highway, Delray Beach, Florida, 33483).