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Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy, Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy, 0817359257, 0-8173-5925-7, 978-0-8173-5925-6, 9780817359256, , , Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy, 0817392068, 0-8173-9206-8, 978-0-8173-9206-2, 9780817392062,

Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy
The Politics of Implementation

Quality Paper
2018. 328 pp.
7 tables
Price:  $39.95 s
E Book
2018. 328 pp.
7 tables
Price:  $39.95 d

An examination of US public policymaking and securing rights for people with disabilities.

Following on the heels of other Civil Rights movements, disability rights laws emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Often these laws were more symbolic than precise in terms of objectives and strategies to guide the implementation of antidiscrimination policies. Policy refinement, the process of translating legislative mandates into strategies and procedures to govern administrative action, is both dynamic and controversial.

The premise of Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy is that implementation policies in these areas evolved through protracted political struggles among a variety of persons and groups affected by disability rights laws. Efforts to influence policies extended far beyond the process of legislative enactment and resulted in struggles that were played out in the courts and in the executive branch. Included within this examination of federal disability rights laws are the role of symbolic politics, the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary models used for the study of policy implementation, and the politics of administrative policymaking.

Stephen Percy is the Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. He is the author of Demand Processing and Performance in Public Service Agencies and A Time for Boldness: A Case Story of Institutional Change.

"In this excellent study of the implementation of civil rights policies protecting people with disabilities, Stephen Percy ably chronicles the intense debate which occurred over the implementation of federal accessibility and accommodation mandates of the late 1970s."
The Journal of Politics

"[Disability, Civil Rights, and Public Policy] provides a comparative forum for policy analysis that can bring a broader and more mature perspective to our rather narrow definitions and shopworn historical debates over civil rights policy both in the region and the nation."
The Journal of Southern History

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