Political Feasibility: Interests and Power

William A. Galston

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Political Feasibility: Interests and Power

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This article discusses political feasibility, which is understood in its general sense. Political feasibility is also shaped by the interests of individuals in a society and the distribution of power among them. The article first discusses broad reflections on the concept of political feasibility, and then moves on to the historical or analytical examination of shifting conceptions of power. It studies the role of organized interests that are found within the institutional and cultural context of politics in the United States. The article concludes with a section on the collapse of President Clinton's proposal for universal health care.

Keywords: political feasibility; individual interests; distribution of power; shifting conceptions of power; organized interests; context of politics; universal health care; President Clinton

Article.  6597 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory ; Comparative Politics

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