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A Citizen's Guide To Deficits And Debt : The Politics Of Taxing, Spending And Borrowing, William Hudson Dec 2013

A Citizen's Guide To Deficits And Debt : The Politics Of Taxing, Spending And Borrowing, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

America is currently involved in one of the worst economic crises of modern times. As alarm increases over how the government will balance the budget, handle the debt, and maintain prosperity for the future, the minutia of debts and deficits remains incomprehensible to many. Why is it so hard to find ways to resolve the fiscal crisis? This brief and intelligible book is a guide to understanding both the difficulties involved in managing the federal budget and why the on-going fiscal crisis is so significant for America’s future. In order to introduce the reader to the basic composition of ...


Review Of United States Welfare Policy: A Catholic Response By Thomas J. Massaro, William Hudson Feb 2013

Review Of United States Welfare Policy: A Catholic Response By Thomas J. Massaro, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

No abstract provided.


When Church Teachings And Policy Commitments Collide: Perspectives On Catholics In The U.S. House Of Representatives, William Hudson, Elizabeth Oldmixon Feb 2013

When Church Teachings And Policy Commitments Collide: Perspectives On Catholics In The U.S. House Of Representatives, William Hudson, Elizabeth Oldmixon

William E. Hudson

This article investigates the influence of religious values on domestic social policy-making, with a particular focus on Catholics. We analyze roll call votes in the 109th Congress and find that Catholic identification is associated with support for Catholic Social Teaching, but both younger Catholics and Republican Catholics are found less supportive. In followup interviews with a small sample of Catholic Republicans, we find that they justify voting contrary to Church teaching by seeing its application to domestic social issues as less authoritative than Church moral teachings on issues like abortion.


American Democracy In Peril: Seven Challenges To America’S Future, William Hudson Dec 2012

American Democracy In Peril: Seven Challenges To America’S Future, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

With the economic crisis, intense partisan gridlock, and social movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, American Democracy in Peril encapsulates the tumultuous state of American politics more than ever. Hudson's provocative book offers a structured yet critical look at the functioning of the American political system. This new edition incorporates the far-ranging impact of the Obama presidency - and the polarization that has accompanied it - along with these key updates: -New discussion of the barriers of the separation of powers system, including the tortured politics of health care reform, the threats of government shutdown over deficit reform ...


The Libertarian Illusion, William Hudson Dec 2007

The Libertarian Illusion, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

Looking at public policy debates in conventional terms—in terms of conflict between the left and the right—has grown increasingly cumbersome in an era where conservatives call themselves revolutionaries and liberals strike positively Burkean poses when it comes to reforming Social Security or Medicare. Through an examination of the libertarian worldview, once on the margins of American politics but now in the mainstream, William E. Hudson shows how it has attracted powerful political supporters and is promoted by a network of institutions and policy advocates dedicated to its ideals. The Libertarian Illusion offers a well researched, balanced, and systematic ...


Experiencing Citizenship: Service-Learning In Political Science, William Hudson Dec 1996

Experiencing Citizenship: Service-Learning In Political Science, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

This practical guide is intended for faculty and service-learning directors, combining the how-to information and rigorous intellectual framework that teachers seek. What distinguishes this volume is that the contributors are writing for their peers. They discuss how service-learning can be implemented within political science and what this discipline contributes to the pedagogy of service-learning. The book offers both theoretical background and practical pedagogical chapters which describe the design, implementation, and outcomes of political science service-learning programs, as well as annotated bibliographies, program descriptions and course syllabi.


Combining Community Service And The Study Of American Public Policy, William Hudson Dec 1995

Combining Community Service And The Study Of American Public Policy, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

This paper reports on one faculty member’s experience introducing a service-learning component into a public policy course. After a brief description of the rationale and procedures associated with introducing the service component, impacts on student attitude and value change and on student learning are analyzed. Administration of a pre- and post-test found no significant impact of the service-learning on student attitudes. This negative result contradicts the perceptions of both the student and that instructor that service-learning enhanced the quality of learning in the course – whatever its impact on attitudes. Both students and instructors found service effective, as shown in ...


The Feasibility Of A Comprehensive U.S. Industrial Policy, William Hudson Dec 1984

The Feasibility Of A Comprehensive U.S. Industrial Policy, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

No abstract provided.


Corporatist Policy Making & State Economic Development, William Hudson, John Carroll, Mark Hyde Dec 1984

Corporatist Policy Making & State Economic Development, William Hudson, John Carroll, Mark Hyde

William E. Hudson

Proponents of industrial policy often advocate establishing corporatist policy making mechanisms as an approach to formulating economic development policy. Utilizing data from statewide telephone surveys, this article analyzes the failure of corporatist policy making to generate public support in a referendum on an industrial policy plan in Rhode Island. The study tests three propositions from the industrial policy literature and finds that such policy making (1) did not produce policies which appealed to the public's concern for others, (2) did not deflect public cynicism toward government, and (3) did not translate an elite consensus into mass support for industrial ...


The New Federalism Paradox, William Hudson Dec 1979

The New Federalism Paradox, William Hudson

William E. Hudson

One of the aims of Nixon's "New Federalism" reforms was to promote political decentralization in the federal system. An examination of the impact of revenue-sharing and block grant programs in El Paso, Texas, reveals that the New Federalism sees to have had the opposite effect in that city. El Paso is now more dependent, politically and economically, on federal grants than it was prior to the New Federalism and local autonomy is significantly reduced. The reasons for this paradoxical impact in El Paso and the applicability of these findings to other cities are discussed.