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Legislatures in the Policy Process : The Dilemmas of Economic Policy - David M. Olson

Legislatures in the Policy Process

The Dilemmas of Economic Policy

By: David M. Olson (Editor), Michael L. Mezey (Editor)

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The role legislatures play in the public policy-making process is of central concern to political scientists. Conventional wisdom claims that all legislatures except perhaps the US Congress are either marginal to the policy-making process or becoming increasingly so. In Legislatures in the Policy Process leading specialists in comparative government reassess this view and significantly advance research on the influence of legislatures. In the opening chapter, David Olson and Michael Mezey identify three categories of variables - external influences, internal influences and policy attributes - which can affect the policy-making role of legislatures. They specify sixteen hypotheses that describe the relationship between these variables and the policy participation of legislatures. In subsequent chapters, these hypotheses are examined through a series of individual and comparative country studies which focus upon the role of the legislatures in various aspects of economic policy making. These include the influence of the French, German, British and US legislatures on monetary policy; the role of the Brazilian Congress and Indian Parliament in computer and electronics policy and the part played by the Polish Sejm in labor policy. This volume is distinguished by its hypothetical framework and by the breadth of cases it examines. It makes an original contribution to our understanding of the role of legislatures in the policy-making process and as such will be of interest to specialists and students of politics and economic policy making.

"This is a very interesting book which provides readers with a wealth of information about the roles played by legislative bodies in making and implementing economic policy. More importantly the book offers students of comparative public policy a convincing set of observations that are derived from genuinely comparative examinations of legislatures working in different constitutional and contextual circumstances...This is a straightforward, honest effort to examine the roles of legislatures across different systems...Yet, this effort goes well beyond most comparative examinations which rarely attain the degree of comparative consistency that is managed here." Policy Currents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Parliaments and public policy
Macroeconomic Policy
Legislative oversight of monetary policy in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States
The US Congress and credit policy - institutional and policy implications
Industrial policy agenda and options in Congress and the executive in the United States
Microeconomic Policy
The British House of Commons and industrial policy
Congress and the development of a computer industry policy in Brazil
Electronics policy and the Indian parliament
The Polish parliament and labor legislation during Solidarity
Conclusion
Parliaments and public policy: an assessment
Name index
General index
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ISBN: 9780521381031
ISBN-10: 0521381037
Series: Advances in Political Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 31st May 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53