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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 147.3 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 385.56g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 1588260674
  • 9781588260673

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.
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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 University
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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.
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