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

Paperback | February 1, 2010

byCharles 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 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 today’s legalistic state in an entirely new light.

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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 recal...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226211657

ISBN - 13:9780226211657

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Narratives

Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. “I Felt Violated”
Chapter 2. Looking Beyond the License Plate
Chapter 3. The Decision to Stop a Driver
Chapter 4. Experiences during the Stop
Chapter 5. How Investigatory Intrusions Are Deliberately Planned (and Racially Based)
Chapter 6. Evaluating the Stop: Looking Beyond Official Politeness
Chapter 7. The Broader Lessons (and Harms) of Police Stops
Chapter 8. Toward Racial Justice in Police Stops
 
Appendix. Methodology
Notes
Bibliography
Index