System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics, 2nd Edition

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CQ Press, 2007 - Political Science - 166 pages
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Listen to Donald Kettl on his interview from &BAD:"Homeland Security Inside &BAD:& 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?

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Review: System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

I have read much of Kettl's writing about stress on systems. I am not in a position to do anything about it, but it does have application to anyone heavily involved in regulation and legislation. Read full review

Review: System Under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics

User Review  - Shelly - Goodreads

I enjoyed the analogy. It was a good constant theme to return to and helped to simplify a very complex legal and political topic. Read full review

Contents

Stress Test
6
Coordination Dilemmas
18
Reshaping the Bureaucracy
37
The Federalism Jumble
61
The Political Costs of Managing Risk
82
Balancing Liberty with Protection
101
Gauging the Stress Test
123
Notes
144
Index
156
Copyright

About the author (2007)

Donald F. Kettl is dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prior to his appointment at the University of Maryland, he was the Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as professor of Political Science. Kettl is the author of numerous books, including The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them , The Global Public Management Revolution , and Leadership at the Fed . Kettl has twice won the Louis Brownlow Award for the best book in public administration for The Transformation of Governance: Public Administration for Twenty-first Century America in 2003 and System under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics in 2005. In 2008, he received the John Gaus Award of The American Political Science Association for lifetime contributions to the scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. Kettl has consulted broadly for government organizations and is a regular columnist for Governing magazine.

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