Cozy Politics

Cozy Politics : Political Parties, Campaign Finance and Compromised Governance

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Cozy politics, Peter Kobrak contends, is shredding the already fragile fabric of political rapport between citizens and their government. Exploring the insidious system that encourages elected officials to cooperate with their supposed opponents - rather than with their own constituents - he reveals the enormous power that wealthy donors and interest-group supporters wield over politicians, congressional decisionmakers, and agency agendas. Kobrak explores the insidious system that encourages elected officials to cooperate with their supposed opponents rather than with their own constituents.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1588260232
  • 9781588260239

About Peter Kobrak

Peter Kobrak is professor of public administration and political science at Western Michigan University. He has written extensively on public spending and political decisionmaking.show more

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"This is a penetrating assessment of the money-crazed, low-turnout, pork-barrel system of politics in the United States - a political system spiraling out of control." - Darrell West, Brown Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction. THE CHANGING POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT. Three-Fifths of America. Why Parties Matter. The Once and Future Party. THE ESCALATION OF COZY POLITICS. Uncontrollable Campaign Costs and their Consequences. Pathways to Congressional Decisionmaking. FROM COMPROMISED GOVERNANCE TO DEMOCRATIC BALANCE. Agency Compromise and Privatization. Reinventing Political Parties.show more

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