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Cozy politics : political parties, campaign finance, and compromised governance

Author: Peter Kobrak
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Kobrak (public administration and political science, Western Michigan U.) distinguishes the traditional corruption of pork- barreling from cozy politics, which he says directly impacts the very nature of the political system and the relationship of citizens to their government. By cozy politics he means the reliance of politicians on big-money campaign contributions, and the political favors the contributors receive  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Kobrak
ISBN: 1588260232 9781588260239 1588260674 9781588260673
OCLC Number: 48222763
Description: xi, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Changing Political Environment --
Three-Fifths of the United States --
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.
Responsibility: Peter Kobrak.

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Cozy politics, this volume contends, is shredding away the fragile fabric of political rapport between citizens and their government in the USA. It explores this insidious system that encourages  Read 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 University

 
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