Cheese Factories on the Moon: Why Earmarks are Good for American Democracy

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Paradigm Publishers, 2011 - Political Science - 181 pages
It has become part of US political convention to attack 'earmarks' - legislative provisions that direct funds to specific projects - as wasteful and corrupt. In this provocative book Scott A. Frisch and Sean Q. Kelly argue that in fact earmarks are good for American democracy. Using extensive interviews with Washington insiders and detailed examples they illustrate how earmark projects that were pilloried in fact responded to the legitimate needs of local communities, needs that would otherwise have gone unmet. They also demonstrate that media coverage of earmarks tends to be superficial and overly-dramatic. Cheese Factories on the Moon is a much-needed challenge to a widespread but deeply flawed 'consensus' about what is wrong with US congressional spending.

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About the author (2011)

Scott A. Frisch is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Channel Islands. He and Sean Kelly have coauthored several books, including, most recently, Jimmy Carter and the Water Wars: Presidential Influence and the Politics of Pork (Cambria Press, 2008). Sean Q Kelly is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Channel Islands. He earned his BA in Political Science from Seattle University in 1986 and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1992. He is a former APSA Congressional Fellow serving as a policy analyst for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

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