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The Rights Revolution Revisited
Institutional Perspectives on the Private Enforcement of Civil Rights in the US

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Lynda G. Dodd, Quinn Mulroy, Jennifer Woodward, Paul Gardner, Ming Hsu Chen, Shep Melnick, Thomas F. Burke, Jeb Barnes, Stephen Burbank, Sean Farhang, Sarah Staszak, David Freeman Engstrom
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  • Date Published: December 2017
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  • isbn: 9781316730713

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  • The rights revolution in the United States consisted of both sweeping changes in constitutional doctrines and landmark legislative reform, followed by decades of innovative implementation in every branch of the federal government - Congress, agencies, and the courts. In recent years, a growing number of political scientists have sought to integrate studies of the rights revolution into accounts of the contemporary American state. In The Rights Revolution Revisited, a distinguished group of political scientists and legal scholars explore the institutional dynamics, scope, and durability of the rights revolution. By offering an inter-branch analysis of the development of civil rights laws and policies that features the role of private enforcement, this volume enriches our understanding of the rise of the 'civil rights state' and its fate in the current era.

    • Emphasizes the role of federal agencies in promoting or hindering effective enforcement of civil rights
    • Provides an overview of the implementation of leading civil rights statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX, and the ADA
    • Features leading political science perspectives about the role of private enforcement of civil rights
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    • Date Published: December 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316730713
    • contains: 23 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Reassessing the rights revolution Lynda G. Dodd
    Part II. Implementing the Rights Revolution:
    2. Approaches to enforcing the rights revolution: private civil rights litigation and the American bureaucracy Quinn Mulroy
    3. Mobilizing rights at the agency level: the first interpretations of Title VII's sex provision Jennifer Woodward
    4. Motivating litigants to enforce public goods: evidence from employment, housing, and voting discrimination policy Paul Gardner
    5. Regulatory rights: civil rights agencies, courts, and the entrenchment of language rights Ming Hsu Chen
    6. Sexual harassment and the evolving civil rights state R. Shep Melnick
    7. The civil rights template and the Americans with Disabilities Act: a socio-legal perspective on the promise and limits of individual rights Thomas F. Burke and Jeb Barnes
    Part III. Rights and Retrenchment:
    8. Retrenching civil rights litigation: why the court succeeded where congress failed Stephen Burbank and Sean Farhang
    9. The contours of the Supreme Court's civil rights counterrevolution Lynda G. Dodd
    10. Constraining aid, retrenching access: legal services after the rights revolution Sarah Staszak
    Part IV. The Future of the Rights Revolution:
    11. Rationalizing rights: political control of litigation David Freeman Engstrom
    12. The future of private enforcement of civil rights Lynda G. Dodd.

  • Editor

    Lynda G. Dodd, City College, City University of New York
    Lynda G. Dodd is the Joseph H. Flom Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the City College, City University of New York. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2000, completed a Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University, New Jersey in 2004, and was a member of the law school faculty at American University's Washington College of Law from 2005–2010. Her next book, Taming the Rights Revolution: The Supreme Court, Constitutional Torts, and the Elusive Quest for Accountability (Cambridge, forthcoming), examines the history of civil rights litigation under Section 1983.


    Lynda G. Dodd, Quinn Mulroy, Jennifer Woodward, Paul Gardner, Ming Hsu Chen, Shep Melnick, Thomas F. Burke, Jeb Barnes, Stephen Burbank, Sean Farhang, Sarah Staszak, David Freeman Engstrom

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