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Taking Aim
Target Populations and the Wars on AIDS and Drugs

 

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Taking Aim
Target Populations and the Wars on AIDS and Drugs

by Mark C. Donovan (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780878408290

 

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Weaving case studies from the wars against AIDS and drugs with an empirical analysis of congressional action on these issues, this title shows how members of Congress balance problem solving with re-election concerns, paying particular attention to their need to craft compelling rationales for their actions.


As elected lawmakers confront complex social problems, they inevitably make choices to single out certain populations for government-sanctioned benefits or burdens. Why some groups and not others are targeted is the central question explored in this analysis of the congressional response to two related public health crises. Weaving case studies from the wars against AIDS and drugs with an empirical analysis of fifteen years of congressional action on these issues, Mark Donovan shows how members of Congress balance problem solving with re-election concerns, paying particular attention to their need to craft compelling rationales for their actions. His analysis shows that, counterintuitive as it may seem, most target populations with negative public images are selected to receive benefits rather than burdens. Demonstrating that it is possible to analyze simultaneously both policy rhetoric and policy outputs, this book shows how problem frames and policy decisions evolve through the dynamic interplay of conflict participants.


 

ISBN 878408290
ISBN13 9780878408290
Publisher Georgetown University Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 25/01/2001
Pages 160
Weight (grammes) 249
Published in United States
Height (mm) 229
Width (mm) 152