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Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime

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  • Peter J. May,

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    1. University of Washington
      Peter J. May is a Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics at the University of Washington.
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  • Ashley E. Jochim,

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    1. University of Washington
      Ashley E. Jochim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.
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  • Joshua Sapotichne

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    1. Michigan State University
      Joshua Sapotichne is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.
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Peter J. May is a Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics at the University of Washington.

Ashley E. Jochim is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Joshua Sapotichne is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.

Abstract

This research addresses the strength of the homeland security policy regime that was constructed after the terrorist attacks of September 2001. We argue that homeland security provides a preeminent example of the challenges of developing policy regimes that focus policymaking on a common goal across diverse subsystems. All the ingredients for fashioning a powerful regime were in place after the terrorist attacks of September 2001—a common purpose, engaged stakeholders, and institutional redesign. But for a variety of reasons that we discuss, the results are far from cohesive. The lessons we draw are more general ones regarding factors that influence the strength of boundary-spanning policy regimes.

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