Politics, Position, and Power: The Dynamics of Federal Organization

Paperback | November 1, 1997

byHarold Seidman

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The fifth edition of this classic text presents a concise study of the United States government in the 1990's, highlighting the constitutional implications of the current debate among anti-government revolutionaries, privatizers, and government reinventors about the governments purpose. Itanalyzes the legal, political, and organizational consequences of arguments which contend that there has ceased to be a realistic distinction between what is public and what is private. Seidman demonstrates how control of regulations, rather than structure, has become the center of the struggle forposition and power, and by describing the logic behind the politics that influence federal agencies, he provides a detailed account of the limits of government performance and the most appropriate instruments for improvement. Completely updated and revised to cover such significant developments asthe Clinton-Gore National Performance Review and the Gingrich revolution, this text shows how structural reorganization and procedures may be used to achieve political purposes and to alter the balance of power among the president, congress, judiciary, and interest groups. A provocative chapterentitled Amputation Before Diagnosis is critical in explaining the failure to relate proposed reforms to specific strategic goals. With its sound scholarship and unique personal insights, this new edition of Politics, Position, and Power is not only an ideal text for political science coursesfocusing on public administration, it is also an essential resource for understanding present trends in American government and public administration.

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The fifth edition of this classic text presents a concise study of the U.S. government in the 1990s. It analyzes the legal, political, and organizational consequences of arguments which contend that there has ceased to be a realistic distinction between what is public and what is private.

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The fifth edition of this classic text presents a concise study of the United States government in the 1990's, highlighting the constitutional implications of the current debate among anti-government revolutionaries, privatizers, and government reinventors about the governments purpose. Itanalyzes the legal, political, and organization...

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The fifth edition of this classic text presents a concise study of the U.S. government in the 1990s. It analyzes the legal, political, and organizational consequences of arguments which contend that there has ceased to be a realistic distinction between what is public and what is private.

Harold Seidman is at University of Connecticut (Emeritus).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.51 × 8.19 × 0.91 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195090721

ISBN - 13:9780195090727

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Table of Contents

I: The Politics of Government Organization1. Introduction2. Executive Branch Organization: View from the Congress3. Executive Branch Organization: View from the White House4. Nixon's New American Revolution5. Carter's "Bottom-UP" Reorganization6. Reagan: From the Positive to the Regulatory State7. Amputation Without Diagnosis8. The Executive Establishment: Culture and Personality9. Coordination: The Search for the Philosopher's StateII: The Politics of Institutional Type10. Administrative Agencies11. Advisory and Intergovernmental Bodies: Twilight ZoneIII: Concluding Observation12. Concluding ObservationSelect BibliographyIndex

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The fifth edition of this classic text presents a concise study of the U.S. government in the 1990s. It analyzes the legal, political, and organizational consequences of arguments which contend that there has ceased to be a realistic distinction between what is public and what is private.