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System under Stress Homeland Security and American Politics

ISBN-10: 1452239908
ISBN-13: 9781452239903
Edition: 3rd 2014 (Revised)
Authors: Donald F. Kettl
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Description: In System under Stress, The Challenge to 21st Century Democracy, Third Edition, Donald F. Kettl looks at the latest stress to hit the system—the financial crisis of 2008. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political  More...

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List price: $29.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

In System under Stress, The Challenge to 21st Century Democracy, Third Edition, Donald F. Kettl looks at the latest stress to hit the system—the financial crisis of 2008. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political system responds under extraordinary pressure—from 9/11, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Great Recession— and asks if the government is ready to face that next challenge. A well-known scholar, commentator, and writer in the areas of federalism and governance, Kettl asks the hard questions, makes a credible and persuasive argument, and crafts a readable case study that is fascinating and thought-provoking.

Frances E. Lee is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. She is author of Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate (2009) and coauthor of Sizing Up The Senate: The Unequal Consequences of Equal Representation (1999). Her work has received national recognition, including the Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize for the best book in legislative politics in 2010, and the D. B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on a congressional topic in both 1999 and 2011. Her articles have appeared in American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, American Journal of Political Science, among others.Donald F. Kettl is Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to his appointment, he was the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Political Science. Kettl is the author of numerous books, including The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them, The Global Public Management Revolution, and Leadership at the Fed. Kettl has twice won the Louis Brownlow Award for the best book in public administration, for The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-first Century America in 2003 and System under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics in 2005. In 2008, he was awarded the John Gaus Award of the American Political Science Association for lifetime contributions to the scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. Kettl has consulted broadly for government organizations and is a regular columnist for Governing magazine.

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Policy Lightning
Lennon's Lesson
Lightning Strikes
The Rise of "Homeland Security"
Financial Collapse
Administering the Stress Test
Policy Lightning and Public Policy
Coordination Dilemmas
Connecting the Dots
Mysterious Powder
Worries Spread
Policy Problems as Coordination Problems
Reshaping the Bureaucracy
Organizational Challenge
Complexity and Coordination
Bureaucratic Autonomy
Mission Conflicts
Different Cultures
Gaps: Distance and Technology
Congressional Jurisdictions
Structured Organizations, Networked Threats
First Steps
The Restructuring Struggle
The Battle over Boundaries
Federalism Jumble
The Struggle to Regain the City
Huddling at the Hyatt
Gauging the Federal Response
State and Local Response
Collapse of the Levees
Learning for the Future
Fixing the Problem?
Rethinking Emergency Response
The Future of Federalism
The Political Costs of Managing Risk
Balancing Risks
Using the Market to Manage Risk
Warning Signals
Balancing Liberty with Protection
Assault on an Open Society
The Patriot Act
Broadening the War
The Fierce Debate
Balancing Security and Rights
Goldfish Bowls
Too Big to Fail
Learning from Stress Tests
Crises that Open Policy Windows
Results of the Stress Test
Pressures for Backsliding
Challenges to the Policy System
The Challenge to Twenty-First-Century American Democracy
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