Arenas of Power represents the first time that Theodore J. Lowi's model of policy analysis has been presented together with key applications and case studies drawn from his long history of scholarship-all in one place. Lowi's signature four-fold typology is shown as conceived and then as extended to include that most relevant of contemporary phenomena-"social regulatory policy." As Lowi says, when radicals add morality to the goals of public policy, the system may be turned on its head. This volume shows the evolution of the public policy arena over more than forty years of writing and thinking and presents some never before published material including helpful analytical introductions. The book concludes as Lowi looks ahead to an internationalizing U.S. political economy and the need for a global political science.
"A sophisticated contribution to policy analysis and comparative politics. Norman K. Nicholson's brief introductory chapters provide a succinct analysis of each section's contribution to the 'arenas of power' model and to the limits of the model's explanatory leverage. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the book lies in its recasting of American political history by examining the critical impact of policy types and eras on the development of political processes, political structures, and political 'issues.'"
—The Review of Politics
“A dense and sophisticated contribution to policy analysis and comparative politics. … Arenas of Power provides a detailed and accessible analysis of policy types and lays the groundwork for broader comparative work.”
—The Journal of the Review of Politics