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State legislators are constantly making trade-offs between changing taxes and providing public services. Based on a series of in-depth case studies on how legislators in eleven states made decisions dealing with legislation on taxation, economic development, education financing, and Medicaid, Glenn Beamer identifies the principle factors in their decision making.
Beamer identifies six factors that govern legislators' decisions: accountability, dependability, equity, obscurability, and horizontal and vertical transferability. Within the context created by citizen demands, intergovernmental politics, policy histories, court interventions, and state constitutions, Creative Politics analyzes how legislators employ these principles to develop and enact policies.
This study is novel in its focus on politicians' views about public goods, the strategies to finance them, and efforts to develop and maintain political support for them. The case studies afford a unique analysis not only of successful proposals but also of proposals that were rejected or substantially modified.
Creative Politics will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, economics, and public administration, and, more specifically, of federalism, state politics and policy, and legislative decision making.
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