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Public Policy Investment: Priority-Setting and Conditional Representation In British Statecraft

Anthony Bertelli and Peter John


This book addresses one of the enduring questions of democratic government: why do governments choose some public policies but not others? Political executives focus on a range of policy issues, such as the economy, social policy, and foreign policy, but they shift their priorities over time. Despite an extensive literature, it has proven surprisingly hard to explain policy prioritization. To remedy this gap, we offer a new approach called public policy investment: governments enhance their chances of getting re-elected by managing a portfolio of public policies and paying attention to the ris ... More

Keywords: democratic government, responsiveness, policy prioritization, policy agenda, statecraft, leadership, political economy, election, public policy, policy investment[Q68]

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199663972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Bertelli, author
Professor of Public Policy and Law and C.C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance; Professor of Public Policy Analysis, University of Southern California; University of Birmingham

Peter John, author
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University College London