Budgetary Conflict

Book Review: Bob Woodward, The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (Simon & Schuster, 1994). Question to Keep in Mind: “what would the rest of the class have learned by reading this book?” For each day there is also an assigned reading for the whole class, and you should think about that in drafting your paper and presentation. Each of these books is about some period of budget conflict. Its account of the conflict may do a variety of things. For example, a book might: * give examples of the budgeting processes of the time in action; * report on the motivations of participants in budgeting; * give examples of various types of budgetary conflict; *show some of the internal dynamics of the institutional actors (e.g. House, Senate, Presidency); and * illustrate relationships between budget politics and the economy. You should explain the basic story being covered, identify on which of these or other dimensions the book is particularly informative, explain to what extent the book’s contribution fits with (confirms, rejects, supplements or misses points in) other course material; critique or praise the contributions to the extent you find appropriate; and conclude by assessing how much the book added to your understanding of the topic. One thing you should think about is how the story you’re reading is similar to or different from the other stories you have read for the course – including my piece on Obama, which is assigned reading for this date. I will attach the pdf on the piece on Obama that must be used. We can only use pre-given references for this paper, so please refute or support the book based on my posted pdfs. I’m going to just post all the ones from my class, so not all of them have to be used. The book is online, but I couldn’t find a pdf. I would need you to have a kindle account or make one so I can gift the book to you under your email so you have access to it.