Administrative Burden: Policymaking by Other Means


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Russell Sage Foundation
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Pamela Herd is a Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Donald Moynihan is the inaugural McCourt Chair in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.


"Citizens routinely experience government in their everyday lives, and too often such encounters impose cumbersome challenges and reinforce inequality. In this clearly written and powerfully argued book, Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan argue that these 'administrative burdens' are political tactics, strategically applied to policies by political leaders who aim to restrict access to rights and benefits. Change is possible, however, as demonstrated by policies in which more effective and efficient procedures have been adopted. This captivating and important book is a 'must read' for anyone who wants to see government operate better in serving citizens."

--SUZANNE METTLER, John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions, Cornell University
"In ways variable and systemic, citizens shoulder burdens of the everyday operations of government. This fundamental truth of modern public administration has never received the attention it merits. Until now. With cutting-edge conceptual formation, mixed methodological lenses, and uncommon rigor, Pamela Herd and Donald P. Moynihan have authored an instant classic on a problem of vast proportions, one that will be setting research agendas for decades to come."

--DANIEL CARPENTER, Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University