System under Stress : Homeland Security and American Politics

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2006-12-08
  • Publisher: Cq Pr
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Listen to Donald Kettl on his interview from &BAD:"Homeland Security Inside &BAD:amp; Out&BAD:" Click Here to ListenDonald Kettl InterviewInterview from 'Homeland Security Inside and Out' which airs on KAMU. Interview air date: May 20, 2008. WINNER OF THE LOUIS BROWNLOW BOOK AWARD!The massive bureaucratic reorganization under the Department of Homeland Security was a response to the system-wide coordination problems brought to light on 9/11. Better planning, new leadership, and far-reaching reform were to demonstrate that the U.S. had learned its lessons well, that it would be prepared for the next attack or disaster. But the catastrophic response to Hurricane Katrina unequivocally showed how this restructuring has not brought about the kinds of long term policy changes that are necessary to deal effectively and efficiently with threats&BAD:-whether manmade or natural.Is the system permanently broken? Should FEMA be removed from DHS or abolished altogether? Donald Kettl, in this thoroughly updated second edition, takes a hard look at the most recent stress on the system. He explores how the 9/11 Commission forever changed public discourse on the topic as well as discusses the ways in which FEMA might be reformed. The country faces solvable problems, he argues, yet is in dire need of new leadership at every level. In his brief, gripping narrative, Kettl assesses how well the U.S. political system responds under extraordinary pressure and asks if the focus will continue to be on fighting the last war. There is small chance the catastrophe that lies ahead will replicate the last one. Is the government ready to face that next challenge?

Author Biography

Donald F. Kettl is the Stanley I. Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, director of the Fels Institute of Government, and professor of political science

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. vii
Stress Testp. 1
Administering the Stress Testp. 6
The Rise of "Homeland Security"p. 7
Prevention and Responsep. 12
Homeland Security and Public Policyp. 15
Coordination Dilemmasp. 18
Connecting the Dotsp. 23
Mysterious Powderp. 26
Worries Spreadp. 29
Homeland Security as Coordinationp. 32
Reshaping the Bureaucracyp. 37
The Organizational Challengep. 38
First Stepsp. 48
The Restructuring Strugglep. 50
The Battle over Boundariesp. 56
The Federalism Jumblep. 61
The Struggle to Regain the Cityp. 64
Learning for the Futurep. 76
The Political Costs of Managing Riskp. 82
Balancing Risksp. 84
Using the Market to Manage Riskp. 90
Warning Signalsp. 94
Trustp. 98
Balancing Liberty with Protectionp. 101
The USA Patriot Actp. 104
Broadening the Warp. 108
The Building Debatep. 112
Balancing Security and Rightsp. 117
Gauging the Stress Testp. 123
Opening the Policy Windowp. 126
How Does the Political System React to Stress?p. 129
What Has Homeland Security Done to the Policy System?p. 138
Notesp. 144
Indexp. 156
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