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Governing for the Long Term : Democracy and the Politics of Investment, Paperback / softback Book

Governing for the Long Term : Democracy and the Politics of Investment Paperback / softback

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In Governing for the Long Term, Alan M. Jacobs investigates the conditions under which elected governments invest in long-term social benefits at short-term social cost.

Jacobs contends that, along the path to adoption, investment-oriented policies must surmount three distinct hurdles to future-oriented state action: a problem of electoral risk, rooted in the scarcity of voter attention; a problem of prediction, deriving from the complexity of long-term policy effects; and a problem of institutional capacity, arising from interest groups' preferences for distributive gains over intertemporal bargains.

Testing this argument through a four-country historical analysis of pension policymaking, the book illuminates crucial differences between the causal logics of distributive and intertemporal politics and makes a case for bringing trade-offs over time to the center of the study of policymaking.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 324 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified; 6 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Political structures: democracy
  • ISBN: 9780521171779

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