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dc.contributor.authorCochrane, Lynn Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:21:07Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:21:07Z
dc.date.issued1998-12-14en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-122298-171101en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30242
dc.description.abstractThe Presidential Library System: A Quiescent Policy Subsystem Lynn Scott Cochrane (ABSTRACT) This study examines the Presidential Library System, an agency within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), as an example of a policy subsystem. A policy subsystem may be defined as an informal political coalition of individuals from different parts of a formal policy structure who cooperate to influence policy-making. Actors in a policy subsystem are multifarious, they span both public and private sectors at various levels of government, and may include agency personnel, congressional committee members, interest group participants, citizens of localities affected by the subsystem, and others. A policy subsystem's strength lies in its ability to draw upon bureaucratic expertise, legislative leverage, and interest-group capacities to communicate with the government about the area of public policy it is vitally concerned with. Despite the 60 year existence of the Presidential Library System, its nationwide geographic distribution, and its approximately $30 million/year allocation from the federal budget, it is not widely recognized as a policy system and it has not been the subject of a detailed, scholarly description. The Presidential Libraries policy subsystem is described by tracing its development and mapping the richness of the administrative and political processes which support its continuing viability. The specific research questions addressed are:1) how do the administrative and political processes of this policy subsystem unfold, 2) how do these processes provide system maintenance, and 3) who are the players? Qualitative research techniques, via a case study methodology, were used to address these questions.. In-depth interviews were conducted with the directors of the ten Presidential Libraries, the staff of the Office of Presidential Libraries at NARA, and key stakeholders in the system. Questions addressed included: what do all of the presidential libraries share?, what is unique about each?, to what extent IS the Presidential Library System a policy subsystem?, and how is government organized to deal with presidential libraries and their mission of 1) preserving and providing researchers access to presidential papers and historical materials, and 2) providing museums and educational programming designed to give the general public a better understanding of the individual Presidents, the institution of the Presidency, and the American political system as a whole?en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartADDENDUM.PDFen_US
dc.relation.haspartdissertation2.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the right to archive and to make available my thesis or dissertation in whole or in part in the University Libraries in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all proprietary rights, such as patent rights. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis or dissertation.en_US
dc.subjectpolicy subsystemsen_US
dc.subjectpresidential librariesen_US
dc.titleThe Presidential Library System: A Quiescent Policy Subsystemen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPublic Administration and Public Affairsen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic Administration and Public Affairsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairWolf, James F.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRohr, John A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWhite, Orion F. Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWamsley, Gary L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAversa, Elizabeth S.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-122298-171101/en_US
dc.date.sdate1998-12-22en_US
dc.date.rdate1999-01-06
dc.date.adate1999-01-06en_US


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