The Berkeley Public Policy Press (BP3) is the publishing imprint of the Institute of Governmental Studies. BP3 publishes scholarly work on national, state, and local government, politics, public policy, and public administration. IGS authors include faculty, research associates, graduate students, visiting scholars, and colleagues in academic institutions around the world.

IGS publications are edited for a wide-ranging audience that includes academics, elected officials, journalists, and public administrators, as well as the general public. BP3 publishes original research, analysis, essays, and edited volumes.

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An essay by Robert A. Dahl. Introduction by Austin Ranney and responses by Richard M. Abrams, David W. Brady, Patrick Chamorel, and Jack Citrin
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Robert A. Dahl, America's foremost political theorist analyses the current dysfunction in political decision making and the collapse of communications between citizens and their leaders. Five scholars from Berkeley and Stanford respond.

Stephen E. Barton and Carol J. Silverman, editors
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More than 35 million Americans live under private governments with broad powers. As residents of condominiums, cooperatives, and planned communities, they are required to join associations with sweeping control over their daily lives. Here, for the first time, experts examine these private governments and describe the...

Gunther Barth
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Barth examines higher education in nineteenth-century California, drawing connections between the 1855 College of California (and its successor, the 1868 University of California) and the elements of design that evolved out of the early cemetery and park traditions. He stresses the character of the men of this "...

Eugene C. Lee
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In 1948, the University of California, facing dramatic enrollment pressures and the need for new campuses, was at an organizational crossroads. Outside consultants recommended a decentralized administration with strong campus executives. The president disagreed and pressed for strengthened central control. The outside...

Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkin
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In the late eighties, a series of blue-ribbon studies urged a massive prison-building program to accommodate huge projected increases in the state prison population. Zimring and Hawkins show that the booming prison population reflects a change in policy rather than an increase in crime and suggest innovative ways to...

Michael B. Preston, Bruce E. Cain, and Sandra Bass, editors
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   When we published Volume One of Racial and Ethnic Politics in California in 1991, census experts estimated the state’s population would pass 30 million by the year 2000. By current estimates, the population now, two years before the millennium, is 31.6 million. As with so many things about California, the...

Richard F. Fenno, Jr.
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In this brilliant case study, Fenno, America's leading practitioner of participant observation, reflects on how the press and political scientists reacted when George Bush chose Dan Quayle to be his vice president–and on his personal dilemma as a scholar with a wealth of information about a little known, much criticized...

Charles Wollenberg
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"Here at last in a single volume is the interwoven story of the San Francisco Bay region . . . authoritative, readable, compact, the first wide-angle portrait of a vast and vigorous urban substate."

       —Richard Reinhardt, The California Historical Society...

Nelson W. Polsby
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In this important and provocative book, Nelson W. Polsby argues that many of the most significant problems of American government and politics today are rooted in how we nominate our presidents and prepare them for office. Looking back at the revolutionary reforms undertaken by the Democratic Party after