Making Rights Real Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State

ISBN-10: 0226211657

ISBN-13: 9780226211657

Edition: 2009

Authors: Charles R. Epp

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It's a common complaint: the United States is overrun by rules and procedures that shackle professional judgment, have no valid purpose, and serve only to appease courts and lawyers. Charles R. Epp argues, however, that few Americans would want to return to an era without these legalistic policies, which in the 1970s helped bring recalcitrant bureaucracies into line with a growing national commitment to civil rights and individual dignity. Focusing on three disparate policy areasworkplace sexual harassment, playground safety, and police brutality in both the United States and the United KingdomEpp explains how activists and professionals used legal liability, lawsuit-generated publicity, and innovative managerial ideas to pursue the implementation of new rights. Together, these strategies resulted in frameworks designed to make institutions accountable through intricate rules, employee training, and managerial oversight. Explaining how these practices became ubiquitous across bureaucratic organizations, Epp casts today's legalistic state in an entirely new light.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Charles R. Epp is professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. He is the author of several books.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Theory: The Fertile Fear of Liability
The Problem with Policing
Liability's Triumph
Policing's Epiphany
Spreading the Word: Variations among Police Department
Tort Liability and Police Reform in Britain
Sexual Harassment
Playground Safety
Conclusion
Methodological Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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