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Policy Drift: Shared Powers and the Making of U.S. Law and Policy (Hardback)
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Policy Drift: Shared Powers and the Making of U.S. Law and Policy (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 13/02/2018
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The role of formal and informal institutional forces in changing three areas of U.S. public policy: privacy rights, civil rights and climate policy There is no finality to the public policy process. Although it's often assumed that once a law is enacted it is implemented faithfully, even policies believed to be stable can change or drift in unexpected directions. The Fourth Amendment, for example, guarantees Americans' privacy rights, but the 9/11 terrorist attacks set off one of the worst cases of government-sponsored espionage. Policy changes instituted by the National Security Agency led to widespread warrantless surveillance, a drift in public policy that led to lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of wiretapping the American people. Much of the research in recent decades ignores the impact of large-scale, slow-moving, secular forces in political, social, and economic environments on public policy. In Policy Drift, Norma Riccucci sheds light on how institutional forces collectively contributed to major change in three key areas of U.S. policy (privacy rights, civil rights, and climate policy) without any new policy explicitly being written. Formal levers of change-U.S. Supreme Court decisions; inaction by Congress; Presidential executive orders-stimulated by social, political or economic forces, organized permutations which ultimately shaped and defined contemporary public policy. Invariably, implementations of new policies are embedded within a political landscape. Political actors, motivated by social and economic factors, may explicitly employ strategies to shift the direction of existing public polices or derail them altogether. Some segments of the population will benefit from this process, while others will not; thus, "policy drifts" carry significant consequences for social and economic change. A comprehensive account of inadvertent changes to privacy rights, civil rights, and climate policy, Policy Drift demonstrates how unanticipated levers of change can modify the status quo in public policy.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9781479845040
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Great book for collections on US politics and government."-Choice
"PolicyDrift is a timely and important book on how policies evolve and changeafter they are enacted. Norma Riccucci shows that, as time passes betweenenactment and initial implementation, policies can drift far from the apparentintent of their advocates. Riccucci demonstrates how the three branches ofgovernment and stakeholders continually jockey for influence over policy, whilechanges in broader political, economic, and social forces influence therelative power of contestants in policy making, often with profoundconsequences...a fresh and readable approach to the policy process."-Thomas A. Birkland,Author of An Introduction to the Policy Process: Theories, Concepts, and Models of Public Policy
"A welcome addition to a field largelyconstructed around a mechanistic view of policy, law and institutions. Norma Riccucci's attention to threesignificant policy areas - surveillance and privacy rights, civil rights, andclimate policy - illustrates the surprises that are likely to emerge in anadaptive world that is more like the exploding universe than a two-dimensionalassembly line." -Beryl A. Radin,Author of Beyond Machiavelli: Policy Analysis Reaches Midlife
"In PolicyDrift, award winning author, Norma Riccucci, emphasizes that `governanceunfolds overtime' and that there is no one size fits all model of public policyformulation and implementation that will guarantee, predict, or explain policydurability, stability, and instability. Rather, there are a multiplicity ofactors, institutions, conditions, and particularistic factors that contributeto policy drift. Riccucci's exceptionally well-crafted, cogent analysisprovides an excellent framework for future theory building and research and isa very welcome-indeed, necessary--contribution to the fields of publicadministration and policy studies." -David H. Rosenbloom,Author of Administrative Law for Public Managers

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