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The Politics of Military Base Closings: Not in My District Lilly J. Goren

The Politics of Military Base Closings: Not in My District

Lilly J. Goren

Published May 28th 2003
ISBN : 9780820455242
Paperback
161 pages
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 About the Book 

This book investigates new patterns of « evasive delegation and « dedistributive policymaking by the U.S. Congress, whereby Congress delegates its decision-making power to ad hoc commissions or implements constraints that compel it to make decisions within prescribed limits. Elected public officials seem unwilling to make, or believe themselves unable to be « held responsible for, « dedistributive policy. Thus, means are devised to actually make the decisions, while allowing elected officials to evade responsibility. The Base Realignment and Closing Commission (BRAC), which aimed to get politics out of military base closings, is a quintessential example of such means. At the heart of these considerations is the question of with whom or where responsibility should rest. The American people are left to decide whether to hold unelected and more or less « unsupervised individuals, commissions, and the like responsible for their greater well being while officially elected individuals quietly cede responsibility.