Can the Government Govern?. John E. Chubb, Paul Peterson. Brookings Institution Press, 320 pages. 1989.

Effective government requires that institutions be strong enough to control the efforts of organized, entrenched special interests in favor of the broader interests shared but poorly articulated by most members of society. Recent changes in our institutions and in the problems they face raise doubts about the capacity of contemporary American government to handle these parochial forces. Congress has seemingly become more fragmented, the presidency more politicized, and the bureaucracy more labyrinthine.

Tax Cuts, More Spending, and Fiscal Deficits. Paul Peterson, Mark C. RomIn Charles Jones, Ed.. The Reagan Legacy. Chatham, New Jersey: Chatham. 1988.
When Federalism Works . Paul Peterson, Barry George Rabe, Kenneth K. Wong. Brookings Institution Press, 243 pages. 1986.

Examines the conventional wisdom about federal grants. Considers the implementation and operation of federal programs for education, health care, and housing in four urban areas to learn which programs worked, when, and why.

The New Direction in American Politics. John E. Chubb, Paul Peterson. Brookings Institution Press, 409 pages. 1985.

Path-breaking, defining, early study of the Reagan revolution in American politics.