Special Interest Politics and the Oldman River Dam
Author: Jack Glenn
Pubpsher: UBC Press
Once Upon an Oldman is an account of the controversy that surrounded the Alberta government's construction of a dam on the Oldman River to provide water for irrigation in the southern part of the province. Jack Glenn argues that, despite claims to the contrary, the governments of Canada and Alberta are not dedicated to protecting the environment and will even circumvent the law in order to avoid accepting responsibility for safeguarding the environment and the interests of Native people.
Charles F. Bingman had a 30-year career as a US Federal government manager and executive. He taught public management for 25 years at the George Washington University and the Johns Hopkins University Washington Center. He has done consulting assignments with various organizations in China, Japan, the Russian Federation, Botswana, the Palestinian Authority, Kazakhstan, and ten other countries. He has published Japanese Government Leadership and Management and his most recent book Why Governments Go Wrong was published in 2006.
In theory, governments are based on the concepts of representative government, with leaders elected by the people and supposedly responsible to the people and some concept of the rule of law. But in truth, over many decades, most governments have deliberately rejected this pattern, and the real power has been in the hands of some form of ruling elite. Many of these elites are content to rule through raw power; no explanations, no justifications. Other centrist elites are more vicious and oppressive, exercising blatant political domination by the power seekers, the money seekers, the liberators, the vicious zealots,the corrupters and the thieves -- and some who still think that governments are supposed to advance the well being of the people.
Release on 2002 | by Torsten Persson,Guido Enrico Tabellini
Explaining Economic Policy
Author: Torsten Persson,Guido Enrico Tabellini
Pubpsher: MIT Press
Category: Business & Economics
Combining the best of three separate traditions—the theory ofmacroeconomic policy, public choice, and rational choice in politicalscience—Torsten Persson and Guido Tabellini suggest a unifiedapproach to the field.
Public Choice and the Politics of Government Failure
Author: Mark Pennington
Pubpsher: A&C Black
Category: Political Science
Planning and the Political Market argues that the enthusiasm for planning as an essential component of environmental protection is misplaced. Drawing on the experience of Britain and other Western democracies, the author uses public choice theory to explore the practical experience of land use planning as an example of government failure. The book opens by outlining the institutional focus of public choice theory, examining the central questions of market and government failure and the theoretical case for government intervention in the environment. Having explored the principal impacts of planning the book goes on to analyse the institutional structures which have produced these policy outcomes. The analysis suggests that institutional incentives within the 'political market' have frequently led to policies which favour special interest groups and public sector bureaucracy. The book concludes with an assessment of the potential for a private property rights, free market alternative to increase community involvement and access.
Release on 2010-01-28 | by L. Sandy Maisel,Jeffrey M. Berry
Author: L. Sandy Maisel,Jeffrey M. Berry
Pubpsher: OUP Oxford
Category: Political Science
The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups is a major new volume that will help scholars assess the current state of scholarship on parties and interest groups and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on political parties received such an extended treatment. Twenty nine chapters critically assess both the major contributions to the literature and the ways in which it has developed. With contributions from most of the leading scholars in the field, the volume provides a definitive point of reference for all those working in and around the area. Equally important, the authors also identify areas of new and interesting research. These chapters offer a distinctive point of view, an argument about the successes and failures of past scholarship, and a set of recommendations about how future work ought to develop. This volume will help set the agenda for research on political parties and interest groups for the next decade. The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. Edwards III, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics. General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III