Cameron University’s Wendy N. Whitman Cobb, assistant professor of political science, is the author of “Unbroken Government: Success and the Illusion of Failure in Policymaking,” a 204-page examination of the U.S. government. The book has been published by Palgrave Macmillan, which specializes in cutting-edge academic and trade non-fiction titles.
“Unbroken Government” presents a positive message about the United States government by exploring the influence of presidents, the Congress, and bureaucracies in making policy. Using a three stage theory of the policymaking process, Whitman Cobb shows how only some institutions are influential at certain points in time: the Senate and President when policy problems first emerge, the House of Representatives and bureaucracy in routine periods, and the Senate and President during periods of crisis. Employing analyses of such varied case studies as human spaceflight and clean air, “Unbroken Government” focuses on policymaking actions rarely seen and demonstrates that despite a seeming breakdown in government, policymaking continues on unabated.
Whitman Cobb joined the Cameron faculty in August. She earned her doctorate in political science from the University of Florida, where she also earned a master of arts in political science. In addition, she holds bachelor and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the Cameron faculty, she was an adjunct instructor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. Her studies focus on American institutions, public policy and the U.S. space policy.
September 18, 2013