Braking the Special Interests
Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform
Robyn focuses her analysis on four elements of strategy responsible for the deregulator's victory—elements that are essential, she argues, to any successful policy battle against entrenched special interests: the effective use of economic data and analysis to make a strong case for the merits of reform; the formation and management of a diverse lobbying coalition of firms and interest groups; presidential bargaining to gain political leverage; and transition schemes to reduce uncertainty and cushion the blow to losers.
Drawing on political and economic theory, Braking the Special Interests is an immensely rich and readable study of political strategy and skill, with general insights relevant to current political battles surrounding trade, agriculture, and tax policies. Robyn's interdisciplinary work will be of great value to scholars and practitioners of politics, economics, and public policy.
1. Congress and the Special Interests
2. The Trucking Industry and Its Regulation
3. The Political Battle for Trucking Deregulation
4. Demonstrating the Merits: Strategic Use of Analysis
5. The Ad Hoc Coalition: Strange Bedfellows Make Good Politics
6. Picking Up Where Brute Sanity Leaves Off: Transition Strategies for Reducing Opposition to Change
7. Political Leverage: The President as Strategic Bargainer
8. The Elements of Political Strategy