Encyclopedia of American political reform /

Main Author: Clucas, Richard A.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1996.
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Review by Choice Review

Clucas correctly assesses the need for a reference source on political reform, especially since public demand for political reform has accelerated in recent years, spurred by Watergate and other scandals. He wisely limits his scope to reforms occurring after 1960 but defines "reform" loosely to include reform proposals, innovations, counterreforms, etc., in four areas: economic reform, increased political participation, more effective government, and government ethics. This helpful book contains entries for actors, issues, and concepts that fostered reform. Entries include investigations like the FBI's "Abscam," reforms ("New Federalism"), law suits that triggered reform (Serrano v. Priest, Buckley v. Valeo), and individuals associated with reform or political change (Betty Friedan, Geraldine Ferraro). A useful chronology follows, which begins in 1960 and lists noteworthy events and reforms each year thereafter. Highly recommended for all college and university reference collections, and particularly for college undergraduates. R. T. Ivey; University of Memphis

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up‘This handy, ready-reference book offers brief encyclopedic entries on subjects ranging from "Abscam" to "Pork-Barrel Legislation" to the "Winograd Commission" to "Zero-Base Budgeting." Though the information is far from comprehensive, each short article (approximately 50 to 250 words in length) offers a clear, concise explanation of some (sometimes quite obscure) aspect of American political reform, and ends with a bibliographic reference. Easy to read and written in a bias-free style, this volume is enhanced by a useful chronology of contemporary political reform (1962-1996) and a very thorough bibliography. Unfortunately, some information can be difficult to locate. "Don't ask, don't tell" is not found under D for "Don't." Even if students were well versed enough to know that the phrase had something to do with the gay rights movement and looked under that heading, they still wouldn't find mention of it. They would have to use the see-also references under "Gay Rights Movement" that direct them to two articles: "Civil Rights Movement" and "Clinton, William J." The phrase is briefly explained in the article about Clinton. Still, this is a clearly written and useful resource.‘Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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