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Itand#8217;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.and#160;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.and#160;
Focusing on three disparate policy areasand#8212;workplace sexual harassment, playground safety, and police brutality in both the United States and the United Kingdomand#8212;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 todayand#8217;s legalistic state in an entirely new light.
About the Author
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.
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List of NarrativesAcknowledgmentsChapter 1. andldquo;I Felt Violatedandrdquo;Chapter 2. Looking Beyond the License PlateChapter 3. The Decision to Stop a DriverChapter 4. Experiences during the StopChapter 5. How Investigatory Intrusions Are Deliberately Planned (and Racially Based)Chapter 6. Evaluating the Stop: Looking Beyond Official PolitenessChapter 7. The Broader Lessons (and Harms) of Police StopsChapter 8. Toward Racial Justice in Police Stopsand#160;Appendix. MethodologyNotesBibliographyIndex