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The political power of bad ideas : networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave, Mark Lawrence Schrad

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The political power of bad ideas : networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave
Title
The political power of bad ideas
Title remainder
networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave
Statement of responsibility
Mark Lawrence Schrad
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In The Political Power of Bad Ideas, Mark Schrad looks on an oddity of modern history-the broad diffusion of temperance legislation in the early twentieth century-to make a broad argument about how bad policy ideas achieve international success. His root question is this: how could a bad policy idea-one that was widely recognized by experts as bad before adoption, and which ultimately failed everywhere-come to be adopted throughout the world? To answer it, Schrad uses an institutionalist approach, and focuses in particular on the US, Russia/USSR (ironically, one of the only laws the Soviets kept on the books was the Tsarist temperance law), and Sweden. Conventional wisdom, based largely on the U.S. experience, blames evangelical zealots for the success of the temperance movement. Yet as Schrad shows, "prohibition was adopted in ten countries other than the United States, as well as countless colonial possessions-all with similar disastrous consequences, and in every case followed by repeal." Schrad focuses on the dynamic interaction of ideas and political institutions, tracing the process through which concepts of dubious merit gain momentum and achieve credibility as they wend their way through institutional structures. And while he focuses on one episode, his historical argument applies far more broadly, and even can tell us a great deal about how today's policy failures, such as reasons proffered for invading Iraq, became acceptable
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
320.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JF1525.P6
LC item number
S37 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The political power of bad ideas : networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave, Mark Lawrence Schrad
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The transnational temperance network -- American prohibition reconsidered -- Avoiding the prohibition pitfall in Sweden -- The surprising rise and tenacity of Russian prohibition -- International influences on national alcohol policy making -- Transnational activism and national policy making
Control code
373561599
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 302 p.
Isbn
9780195391237
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009023027
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)373561599
Label
The political power of bad ideas : networks, institutions, and the global prohibition wave, Mark Lawrence Schrad
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The transnational temperance network -- American prohibition reconsidered -- Avoiding the prohibition pitfall in Sweden -- The surprising rise and tenacity of Russian prohibition -- International influences on national alcohol policy making -- Transnational activism and national policy making
Control code
373561599
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 302 p.
Isbn
9780195391237
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2009023027
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)373561599

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