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Artists of the Possible: Governing Networks and American Policy since 1945

Matt Grossmann


This book presents a new view of American policymaking, focusing on networks of actors responsible for policymaking. Policy change is not easily predictable from election results or public opinion because compromise and coalitions among individual actors make a difference in all three branches of government. The amount of government action, the issue content of policy changes, and the ideological direction of policy all depend on the joint actions of executive officials, legislators, and interest group leaders. The patterns of cooperation among policymakers and activists make each issue area a ... More

Keywords: policy history, policy process, policymaking, American political history, networks, governance, Congress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Grossmann, author
Michigan State University