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Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State (Chicago Series in Law and Society)

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Its 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 areas—workplace sexual harassment, playground safety, and police brutality in both the United States and the United Kingdom—Epp 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 todays legalistic state in an entirely new light.

 

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Charles R. Epp is associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1 Introduction

2 Theory: The Fertile Fear of Liability

3 The Problem with Policing

4 Liabilitys Triumph

5 Policings Epiphany

6 Spreading the Word: Variations among Police Departments

7 Tort Liability and Police Reform in Britain

8 Sexual Harassment

9 Playground Safety

10 Conclusion

Methodological Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226211657
Author:
Epp, Charles R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
Liability (Law) -- United States.
Subject:
Civil rights -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 line drawings, 4 tables
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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