System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics

System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics

by Donald F Kettl
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Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
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System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics

In System under Stress, The Challenge to 21st Century Democracy , Third Edition , Donald F. Kettl looks at the latest stress to hit the system—the financial crisis of 2008. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political system responds under extraordinary pressure—from 9/11, to Hurricane Katrina, to the Great Recession— and asks if the government is ready to face that next challenge. A well-known scholar, commentator, and writer in the areas of federalism and governance, Kettl asks the hard questions, makes a credible and persuasive argument, and crafts a readable case study that is fascinating and thought-provoking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452239903
Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 546,097
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the Author x

Chapter 1 Policy Lightning 1

Lennon's Lesson 4

Lightning Strikes 7

The Rise of "Homeland Security" 11

Financial Collapse 17

Administering the Stress Test 21

Policy Lightning and Public Policy 22

Chapter 2 Coordination Dilemmas 25

Connecting the Dots 30

Mysterious Powder 34

Worries Spread 38

Policy Problems as Coordination Problems 40

Chapter 3 Reshaping the Bureaucracy 46

Organizational Challenge 47

Complexity and Coordination 49

Bureaucratic Autonomy 49

Mission Conflicts 50

Different Cultures 52

Gaps: Distance and Technology 53

Congressional Jurisdictions 56

Structured Organizations, Networked Threats 57

First Steps 58

The Restructuring Struggle 61

The Battle over Boundaries 68

Chapter 4 Federalism Jumble 72

The Struggle to Regain the City 75

Huddling at the Hyatt 76

Gauging the Federal Response 77

State and Local Response 82

Collapse of the Levees 86

Learning for the Future 88

Fixing the Problem? 89

Rethinking Emergency Response 90

The Future of Federalism 93

Chapter 5 The Political Costs of Managing Risk 95

Balancing Risks 97

Using the Market to Manage Risk 105

Warning Signals 109

Trust 115

Chapter 6 Balancing Liberty with Protection 119

Assault on an Open Society 120

The Patriot Act 123

Broadening the War 127

The Fierce Debate 132

Balancing Security and Rights 137

Chapter 7 Goldfish Bowls 146

Too Big to Fail 147

Learning from Stress Tests 150

Crises that Open Policy Windows 151

Results of the Stress Test 155

Pressures for Backsliding 159

Challenges to the Policy System 163

The Challenge to Twenty-First-Century American Democracy 168

Notes 173

Photo Credits 189

Index 190

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