Politics, Power and Policy Making: The Case of Health Care Reform in the 1990s

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M.E. Sharpe, Mar 24, 1998 - Medical
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Tracking the issue of healthcare reform through the tumultuous 1990s, Politics, Power, and Policy Making opens a window on the changing dynamics of American politics from the Clinton inauguration in January 1993 through the Republican revolution of 1995 and the 1996 elections. The book brings the legislative process to life by following a single controversial issue through the system, effectively linking public policy studies with the study of American political institutions.

In the classroom, this book transcends the limitations of a bill becomes a law, affording students a more complex perspective on
--the domestic policy-making process in action
--power politics and the role of interest groups, the media, and public opinion
--the impact of elections and the apparent shift of policy initiative from the executive to congress in November 1994
--the dynamics of federalism and the devolution revolution: how real is it?
--the persistence of divided government and gridlock: is this what Americans really want?

 

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Contents

Setting the Stage
3
Health Care Reform Agenda Setting and the Window
22
Conclusion
49
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58
Conclusion
86
Elections Realignment Divided Government and Gridlock
94
Elections
111
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135
The Role of the Mass Media in the Policy Process
173
Public Opinion and Health Care Policy
211
Politics Power and Policy Making
243
Chronology
255
References
273
Index
297
About the Authors
313
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