The Space Station Decision
Incremental Politics and Technological Choice
By (author) Howard E. McCurdy
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Space Station Decision by Howard E. McCurdy
Book DescriptionOutstanding Academic Title, 1991, Choice Magazine Although building a space station has been an extraordinary challenge for America's scientists and engineers, the securing and sustaining of presidential approval, congressional support, and long-term funding for the project was an enormous task for bureaucrats. The Space Station Decision examines the history of this controversial initiative and illustrates how bureaucracy shapes public policy. Using primary documents and interviews, Howard E. McCurdy describes the events that led up to the 1984 decision to build a permanently occupied, international space station in low Earth orbit. As he follows the trail of the space station proposal through the labyrinth of White House policy review, McCurdy explains the evolution of the presidential budget review process, the breakup of the cabinet system, the proliferation of subcabinets and Executive Office interagency, the involvement of White House staff in framing issues for presidential review, and the role of bureaucracy in advancing administration legislation on Capitol Hill. Comparing the space station decision to earlier decisions to go to the moon and to build the space shuttle, McCurdy shows how public officials responsible for long-term science and technology policy maneuvered in a political system that demanded short-term flexibility.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801887499
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Howard E. McCurdy
Robots in Space, Paperback (September 2012)
Rather than asking us to suspend disbelief, Robots in Space demands that we accept facts as they evolve.
Revisiting Waldo's Administrative State, Paperback (May 2006)
Explores public administration's ideas and issues and questions whether contemporary efforts to "reinvent government", promote privatization, and develops public management approaches that constitute a coherent political theory capable of meeting the challenges of governing in a democracy.
Faster, Better, Cheaper, Paperback (September 2003)
While the technological innovation and space exploration approach that McCurdy describes is still controversial, the historical perspective on its disappointments and triumphs points to ways of developing "faster, better, and cheaperas a management manifesto.
Inside NASA, Paperback (September 1994)» View all books by Howard E. McCurdy
Changes imposed to accomplish the lunar landing-along with the normal aging process and increased bureaucracy in the government as a whole-gradually eroded NASA's original culture and reduced its technical strength.
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Author Biography - Howard E. McCurdy
Howard E. McCurdy is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University and the author of Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program; Inside NASA: High Technology and Organizational Change in the U.S. Space Program; and the coauthor of Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel, all published by Johns Hopkins.
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