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Politics can be viewed as the search for consensus on underlying values to foster a sense of community. This search challenges contemporary political and administrative leadership because the policy process increasingly involves interactions among amorphous and unstable issue-oriented coalitions...
As recycling programs achieve success and gain popularity throughout U.S. communities, local governments are confronted with “doing more” in the environmental arena; yet with mounting state and federal government pressure, local governments must increase municipal waste diversion rates. Although...
Traditionally, studies of British government have rested on the “Westminster model” in which the United Kingdom is a unitary state. Increasingly, however, the model’s explanatory power has been queried. An alternative conception, the “differentiated polity model,” has been developed and seeks to...
Societal, professional, and organizational pressures create opportunities in bureaucratic decision making for political forces to dominate policy implementation. The author examines regional decision making in the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Because earlier studies examine such...
Debate over gun control and gun rights has energized but not explained the seesaw nature of national gun policy making. Punctuated equilibrium theory (PET) aids in understanding that process, the gun policies it produces, and the roles of the ideologically opposed coalitions that are their...
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