The Failure of National Rural Policy
Institutions and Interests
By (author) William P. Browne
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Failure of National Rural Policy by William P. Browne
Book DescriptionModern farm policy emerged in the United States in 1862, leading to an industrialized agriculture that made the farm sector collectively more successful even as many individual farmers failed. Ever since, a healthy farm economy has been seen as the key to flourishing rural communities, and the problems of rural nonfarmers, former farmers, nonfarm residents, and unfarmed regions were ignored by policymakers. In "The Failure of National Rural Policy", William P. Browne blends history, politics, and economics to show that federal government emphasis on farm productivity has failed to meet broader rural needs and actually has increased rural poverty. He explains how strong public institutions, which developed agrarianism, led to narrowed concepts of the public interest. Reviewing past efforts to expand farm policy benefits to other rural residents, Browne documents the fragmentation of farm policy within the agricultural establishment as farm services grew, the evolution of political turf protection, and the resultant difficulties of rural advocacy. Arguing for an integrated theory of governing institutions and related political interests, he maintains that nonfarm rural society can make a realistic claim for public policy assistance. Written informally, each chapter is followed by comments on the implications of its topics and summaries of key points. This book will serve as a stimulating text for students of public policy, national affairs, rural sociology, and community development - as well as anyone concerned with the future of agrarian America.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780878408580
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 9-Aug-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author William P. Browne
Groups, Interests, and U.S. Public Policy, Paperback (May 1998)» View all books by William P. Browne
Synthesizing theory, personal research, and prior studies on interest groups and other lobbies, the author offers an overview of organized political interests and explains how and why they affect public policy. Drawing on his experience researching interest groups, he assesses the impact that special interests have long had in shaping policy.
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Author Biography - William P. Browne
William P. Browne is professor of political science at Central MichiganUniversity. His many books include Cultivating Congress: Constituents, Issues, and Interests in Agricultural Policymaking (University Press of Kansas, 1995), Groups, Interests, and U.S. Public Policy (Georgetown University Press, 1998).
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