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Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ Faculty Authors

AUSTIN, Texas-- Oct. 23, 2008-- The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs presents “Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ Faculty Authors” on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Brown Room. Faculty honored this year include:

Books

Jacqueline L. Angel, Inheritance in Contemporary America: The Social Dimensions of Giving across Generations, (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

With the baby boom generation on the cusp of retirement, life expectancies on the rise, and the nation’s cultural makeup in flux, the United States is faced with social and policy quandaries that demand attention. In Inheritance in Contemporary America, Jacqueline L. Angel tackles the complex legal, policy, and emotional issues that surround bequests and inheritances in an era of increasing longevity, broadening ethnicity, and unraveling social safety nets.

 

Robert Auerbach, Deception and Abuse at the Fed: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan’s Bank (University of Texas Press, 2008)

The Federal Reserve—the central bank of the United States—is the most powerful peacetime bureaucracy in the federal government. Under the chairmanship of Alan Greenspan (1987-2006), the Fed achieved near mythical status for its part in managing the economy, and Greenspan was lauded as a genius.  In Deception and Abuse at the Fed, Robert Auerbach, a former banking committee investigator, recounts major instances of Fed mismanagement and abuse of power that were exposed by Henry B. Gonzalez (D-TX)—chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services (banking) Committee. For commentary by Robert D. Auerbach on the nation’s current financial crisis, visit http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/story/597/.

 

James K. Galbraith, The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (The Free Press, 2008)

The cult of the free market has dominated economic policy-talk since the Reagan revolution of nearly thirty years ago. Tax cuts and small government, monetarism, balanced budgets, deregulation, and free trade are the core elements of this dogma, a dogma so successful that even many liberals accept it. In The Predator State, James K. Galbraith explores how the Republican Party has been hijacked by political leaders who long since stopped caring if reality conformed to their message. For commentary by James K. Galbraith on the nation’s current financial crisis, visit http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/story/597/.

 

Eugene Gholz (with Harvey M. Sapolsky and Caitlin Talmadge), US Defense Politics: The Origins of Security Policy (Routledge Press, 2008)

This new textbook seeks to explain how U.S. defense and national security policy is formulated and conducted. The focus is on the role of the President, Congress, political partisans, defense industries, lobbies, science, the media, and interest groups, including the military itself, in shaping policies. This book shows how political and organizational interests determine U.S. defense policy, and warns against the introduction of centralizing reforms. In US Defense Politics, Eugene Gholz emphasizes the process of defense policy-making, rather than just the outcomes of that process.

 

Jeanne M. Lambrew (with Henry J. Aaron and Patrick F. Healy), Reforming Medicare: Options, Tradeoffs, and Opportunities (A Century Foundation Book, 2008)

Everyone agrees on the need to reform Medicare but not on how to do it. In Reforming Medicare, Jeanne M. Lambrew and Henry J. Aaron guide readers through this complex debate by identifying and analyzing the three leading approaches to reform: updated social insurance, premium support, and consumer-directed Medicare. In addition to rating each option on its ability to promote access to health care, improve the quality of care, and control costs, the authors evaluate each reform’s political strengths and weaknesses.

 

Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. (with Carolyn Hill), Public Management: A Three-Dimensional Approach (CQ Press, 2008)

In Public Management, Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. and Carolyn Hill show that constructing critical analyses and persuasive arguments is the principal tool for effectively managing in three dimensions, which include: administrative structures and processes, organizations and their cultures, and the skills and values of individual managers. The reader will learn how to analyze and explain managerial strategies and decisions, critically assessing real world case studies and building their own arguments.

 

Ray Marshall, The Case for Collaborative School Reform: The Toledo Experience (Economic Policy Institute, 2008)

The Case for Collaborative School Reform, Ray Marshall argues that the most successful school reforms will be undertaken collaboratively between teachers, school district officials, and union leaders. The study focuses on the superior results of the reform efforts of the Toledo School District and the Toledo Federation of Teachers, an innovative and collaborative teachers union in a representative urban school district.

 

James B. Steinberg (with Kurt M. Campbell), Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power (Brookings Institution Press, 2008)

Drawing on decades of government service—in the corridors of Capitol Hill, the intimate confines of the White House, the State Department, and the bare-knuckles Pentagon bureaucracy—James B. Steinberg and Kurt M. Campbell identify the major foreign policy pitfalls that face a new presidential administration in Difficult Transitions. They explain clearly and concisely what it takes to get foreign policy right from the start.

 

Robert H. Wilson, Peter M. Ward, and Victoria E. Rodriguez (with Peter K. Spink), Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (Notre Dame Press, 2008)

The authors of Governance in the Americas, Robert H. Wilson, Peter M. Ward, and Victoria E. Rodriguez, offer important new insights about decentralization, federalism, and democratic change in the three largest federal nations in the Americas: Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. Originating in a major research project conducted by teams in each of the three countries, this study contributes significantly to our understanding of how representative and participatory democracy is being constructed at state and local levels in the recently emerged democracies of Brazil and Mexico, and is being recast and sustained in the United States.

 
Documentaries

David Eaton (co-producer with Marcel Dulay), Agua for Life, (University of Texas System, 2008)

Agua for Life reveals the extent to which the quality of life for people in the drought-prone region along the U.S.-Mexican border depends on the availability of water and on prudent wastewater management. Governments’ cooperation, institutional commitments to improve utilities infrastructure, and grassroots efforts involving the border communities have been pivotal in the dramatic positive changes that the region is undergoing.

 

Paul Stekler, The Choice 2008 (2008); host, Special Session (Texas statewide political news show on PBS)

The Choice 2008 is a two-hour examination of the rich personal and political biographies of John McCain and Barack Obama that goes behind the headlines to discover how they arrived at this moment and what their very different candidacies say about America.