• STRATEGIC ACTION FIELDS AND THE CONTEXT OF POLITICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: HOW DISABILITY RIGHTS BECAME PART OF THE POLICY AGENDA

    Author(s):
    David Pettinicchio (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Political participation, People with disabilities--Legal status, laws, etc., Medical policy, Political science
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Activism, Disability law, Health policy, Policy sociology
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/xszp-8m14
    Abstract:
    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, disability rights found a place on the U.S. policy agenda. However, it did not do so because social movement groups pressured political elites or because politicians were responding to changes in public preferences. Drawing from recent work in neo- institutionalism and social movements, namely the theory of strategic action fields, I posit that exogenous shocks in the 1960s caused a disability policy monopoly to collapse giving way to a new policy community. Using original longitudinal data on congressional commit- tees, hearings, bills, and laws, as well as data from the Policy Agendas Project, I demonstrate the ways in which entrepreneurs pursued a new policy image of rights within a context of increasing committee involvement, issue complexity, and space on the policy agenda, and the consequences this had on policy.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    11 months ago
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