Cozy Politics : Political Parties, Campaign Finance and Compromised Governance
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.
- Paperback | 270 pages
- 147.3 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
- 31 Mar 2002
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
- UK ed.
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.
"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 University
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.