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The Policy State

An American Predicament

  • Part I: Introduction
    • 1. Public Policy and State Formation
      • An American Predicament
      • Blind Spots
      • Past and Present
      • No Bigger Than a Man’s Hand
    • 2. The Policy Motive
      • Everything in Its Place
      • “Conjuring Tricks”
      • What Is Policy and What Is It Not?
      • Structure and Opportunity
      • Tracking Development
  • Part II: The Policy State
    • 3. Rights in the Policy State
      • Dependence on Policy
      • The Unbearable Lightness of Standards
      • Labor Policy, Pure and Simple
      • Policy Auras
      • “Neighborhood of Principles”
    • 4. Structure in the Policy State
      • Free-Form Federalism
      • The Place of Administration
      • Makeshift Presidentialism
      • Blockages, Outlets, and Institutional Identities
    • 5. Politics in the Policy State
      • Policy Science
      • The Direct Approach
      • Ganging Up
      • Get with the Program
      • Game Change?
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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