Living Legislation: Durability, Change, and the Politics of American Lawmaking (Paperback)Jeffery A. Jenkins (editor), Eric M. Patashnik (editor)
Paperback 336 Pages
Politics is at its most dramatic during debates over important pieces of legislation. It is thus no stretch to refer to legislation as a living, breathing force in American politics. And while debates over legislative measures begin before an item is enacted, they also endure long afterward, when the political legacy of a law becomes clear. "Living Legislation" provides fresh insights into contemporary American politics and public policy. Of particular interest to the contributors to this volume is the question of why some laws stand the test of time while others are eliminated, replaced, or significantly amended. Among the topics the essays discuss are how laws emerge from - and effect change within - coalition structures, the effectiveness of laws at mediating partisan conflicts, and the ways in which laws interact with broader shifts in the political environment. An essential addition to the study of politics, "Living Legislation" enhances our understanding of democracy, governance, and power.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 2 mm
"Jeffery A. Jenkins and Eric M. Patashnik have brought together a first-rate collection of scholars to address the too-often-neglected question of what happens to American public policies after the passage of legislation. The result is a compelling work that raises many deeper questions about legislation as a developmental force in American politics. Living Legislation will make an extremely important contribution to the study of American politics and public policy." (Robert C. Lieberman, Columbia University)"
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