The Politics of Federal Reorganization

The Politics of Federal Reorganization

Creating the U.S. Department of Education

1st Edition - January 1, 1988

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  • Authors: Beryl A. Radin, Willis D. Hawley
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138336

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The Politics of Federal Reorganization: Creating the U.S. Department of Education deals with the politics underlying the creation and early implementation of the U.S. Department of Education, with emphasis on the characteristics and dimensions of the stages of the policy process. The literature on reorganization in general, and federal government reorganization in particular, is examined. Comprised of nine chapters, this volume provides a glimpse into the reasons why reorganization efforts are ubiquitous and yet very difficult to implement. A number of themes are discussed: the importance of the stages of the policy process in shaping the nature of political action; the internal tensions within the executive branch; the conflict between the culture of analysis and the culture of politics; the role of interest groups and issue networks in shaping public policy; and the continuing uncertainty about the federal role in education. Jimmy Carter's goals in establishing a new Department of Education are also analyzed, along with the deliberations in Congress and Ronald Reagan's proposals to abolish the department. This monograph will be of interest to political scientists, politicians, policymakers, and government officials.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 The Context for Change

    Chapter 3 Jimmy Carter: Who Was That Man

    Chapter 4 Getting the Ball Rolling

    Chapter 5 The Plot Thickens

    Chapter 6 Congress Confronts the Department

    Chapter 7 Organizing the New Department

    Chapter 8 Implementation

    Chapter 9 Conclusion



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  • No. of pages: 262
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1988
  • Published: January 1, 1988
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483138336

About the Authors

Beryl A. Radin

Willis D. Hawley

About the Editors

Richard A. Brody

Norman J. Ornstein

Paul E. Peterson

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