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Privatization of federal government functions: Reagan, Clinton and the theory /action paradox


2001 2001

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Unlike the vast majority of privatization studies that examine efforts at the state and local levels, this dissertation focuses on national privatization policy by examining the actions of the Reagan and Clinton administrations. The paper begins with a review of the political and academic movements toward privatization that have occurred during the last thirty years. The volume then explores the small amount of privatization that took place during Reagan's time in office, despite his own forceful statements for privatization and public anti-government sentiment during his presidency. The Reagan administration seemed unaware of the political ramifications of its primary privatization effort, the attempted sale of numerous United States public lands, apparently believing that its anti-government ideology alone would bring political success.

By contrast, the Clinton administration chose not to turn the privatization question into one of “big versus small” government, and instead sold the privatization-friendly Federal Activities Inventory Reform (FAIR) Act as a politically neutral management reform, thereby achieving what it wanted on the legislation. While there are potential implementation pitfalls in the law, the FAIR Act established a process that encouraged political debate regarding government's legitimate functions. The volume concludes that such dialogue is the only path to a political understanding regarding the privatization issue.

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Subject
Political science;
Public administration
Classification
0615: Political science
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, Clinton administration, Federal government, Privatization, Reagan administration, Theory/action paradox
Title
Privatization of federal government functions: Reagan, Clinton and the theory /action paradox
Author
Fairman, Peter Andrew
Number of pages
156
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 62/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780493392134, 0493392130
Advisor
Mainzer, Lewis
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3027199
ProQuest document ID
304700580
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304700580
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