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Author Evans, Diana, 1947-
Title Greasing the wheels : using pork barrel projects to build majority coalitions in Congress / Diana Evans.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Author Evans, Diana, 1947-
Subject United States. Congress -- Voting.
United States. Congress -- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States -- Politics and government.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 267 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-258) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Pork barrel politics and general interest legislation -- Who calls the shots? The allocation of pork barrel projects -- Highway demonstration projects and voting on the federal highway program -- Presidential bargaining with congress: the NAFTA bazaar -- Pork barreling in the Senate: do both parties do it?
Summary Pork barrel projects would surely rank near the top of most observers' lists of Congress's most widely despised products. Yet, political leaders in Congress and the President often trade pork for votes to pass legislation that serves broad national purposes, giving members of Congress pork barrel projects in return for their votes on general interest legislation. It is a practice that succeeds at a cost, but it is a cost that many political leaders are willing to pay in order to enact the broader public policies that they favor. There is an irony in this: pork barrel benefits, the most reviled of Congress's legislative products, are used by policy coalition leaders to produce the type of policy that is most admired - general interest legislation. This book makes the case that buying votes with pork is one way in which Congress solves its well-known collective action problem.
ISBN 9780511211911
9780521545327 (pb.)
0521545323 (pb.)
0511215495 (electronic bk.)
9780511215490 (electronic bk.)
0511217285 (electronic bk.)
9780511217289 (electronic bk.)
9780511617140 (ebook)
0511617143 (ebook)
0521545323 (pb.)
OCLC # 560241990
Additional Format Print version: Evans, Diana, 1947- Greasing the wheels. Cambridge ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 2004 (DLC) 2003069688.

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