NEW AND KEY FEATURES: Updated to reflect developments up through the end of the Obama administration and the transition to the Trump administration offering timelier application of the theories to what is currently happening in bureaucratic politics. Interviews with two new cabinet secretaries – Christine Todd Whitman and Tom Ridge – with insightful quotes from them throughout the book. New section on the diffusion of policy diffusion, an important topic both for researchers and policymakers, illustrates the idea that much policy is made at the state level, and that states learn and emulate one another on a range of issues. Added material on the battle over regulations, a battle that will loom large during the Trump administration, including midnight regulations and the Congressional Review Act. New examples demonstrate the activity and influence of constituencies of different kinds including the placing of women and minorities on US currency, a vignette that features the musical Hamilton, and the political protests surrounding the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. A new discussion of the pros and cons of the privatization of roads.

The Bureaucracy’s Clients

4 The bureaucracy’s clients

On june 17, 2015, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew announced plans for a scheduled redesign of the $10 bill, a process that ordinarily attracts little attention from citizens and organizations. This redesign, however, was to be historic, in that the new $10 note would be the “first bill in more than a century to feature the portrait of a woman.”1 The timing of the redesign was fitting, as the new $10 bill would enter into circulation in 2020, the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote.

Secretary Lew’s well-intentioned plan sparked an unexpected national debate that lasted nearly a year. By the time it was over, the debate had inspired the participation of ...

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