Anatomy Of A Public Policy

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LeMay offers an insightful examination of the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Immigration Act of 1990. Using the enactment of immigration policy reform—the most substantial since 1965—he illustrates the various stages of the public policy process. He shows how problems, such as the illegal alien influx, become perceived of as public problems and get on the policy agenda of government. He illustrates the interaction of interest groups and political leadership in the branches of ...

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Overview

LeMay offers an insightful examination of the enactment of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the Immigration Act of 1990. Using the enactment of immigration policy reform—the most substantial since 1965—he illustrates the various stages of the public policy process. He shows how problems, such as the illegal alien influx, become perceived of as public problems and get on the policy agenda of government. He illustrates the interaction of interest groups and political leadership in the branches of government in the formulation and enactment of policy reform.

By examining this area of public policy—one rich in human interest as well as substantive importance to American politics and public policy—LeMay provides useful insights into the policy process, Congressional decision-making, and the complexity of regulatory policy. This book will be of value to scholars of the immigration process, lawyers and practitioners involved in immigration, students of Congressional decision-making and of the public policy process, and general readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949020
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/1994
  • Pages: 220
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL C. LeMAY is Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science, and Director, National Security Studies Program, California State University, San Bernardino.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
The Policy Process 1
The Importance of Immigration Policy Analysis 3
An Overview of the Book 6
Ch. 1 Problem Formation and Agenda Setting: The Illegal Alien Influx and the Crisis of Border Control 9
Changes in Immigration Law, 1965 9
The Dynamic Flow of Immigration: The Changing Nature of the Influx during the 1970s 14
The Flood of Illegal Aliens 21
The Crisis of Border Control 25
Ch. 2 Policy Formulation: Development of the Immigration Reform Proposals 29
Beginnings of the Employer-Sanctions Approach 29
The Impact of SCIRP: Legitimization of the Duality of Employer Sanctions and Legalization 34
The Simpson-Mazzoli-Rodino Proposals 37
Ch. 3 Policy Adoption: The Passing of IRCA, 1986 51
Critical Compromises to the Enactment of IRCA in 1986 51
Split Congressional Voting Blocs 58
Explaining Enactment: Conflictual versus Integrative Bargaining 61
Congressional Policy Strategies and Intent 71
Ch. 4 Policy Implementation: Putting IRCA into Action 81
The Accomplishments of Implementing IRCA 82
Difficulties in the INS's Implementation of IRCA 87
Intergovernmental Aspects of IRCA 100
Nongovernment Agencies and IRCA 107
Ch. 5 Policy Evaluation: An Assessment of IRCA 111
Employer Sanctions and Discrimination 112
The Legalization Provisions 124
Improving the INS and the Border Patrol 128
Unanticipated Consequences 131
Ch. 6 Immigration Policy for the 1990s 137
Proposed Immigration Policy Reforms 138
The Immigration Act of 1990 143
Implications for Future Policy Action 150
Insights into the Policy Process 156
Appendix A: List of Interviewees 161
Appendix B: The Roll Call Votes Enacting IRCA 165
Appendix C: Analysis of Hispanic Caucus Votes on IRCA 169
Appendix D: The Roll Call Votes Enacting the Immigration Act of 1990 171
Appendix E: IRCA Questionnaires 177
References 181
Index 199
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