A Republic, If You Can Keep it: Constitutional Politics and Public Policy

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Prentice Hall, 2000 - Political Science - 482 pages
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Helping readers understand the relevance of constitutional politics to their everyday lives, this probing study highlights the seemingly permanent and significant connection between constitutional principles, the way they are exploited by politicians, and how they shape the character of public policy. Presents an orderly, congruous study, linking policy processes and results to an institutional and political framework familiar to most readers from earlier studies in American government. Discusses how government institutions and ideas created or inspired by the Constitution have a distinct impact on both policy processes and policy results; how political forces often exploit the Constitution and its structural, ideological, and political byproducts to influence public policy; and how the manipulation of this form of “constitutional politics° has shed a destructive light on contemporary politics and government. Covers such recent events as the Clinton impeachment and trial, the impact of special prosecutors on the strength and behavior of policy institutions, and how the rush to redefine and expand the meaning of constitutional rights impacts policy processes and outputs negatively. For those in public policy, public administration, or government, or for anyone interested in how the Constitution has affected the American governmental structure and policymaking.

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