A Quiet Revolution or a Flashy Blip? The Real ID Act and U.S. National Identification System Reform

Source: Anna Ya Ni, Alfred Tat-Kei Ho, Public Administration Review, Vol. 68 no. 6, November-December 2008
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From the abstract:
In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act despite decades of stalemate in reforming the U.S. national ID system. Using John Kingdon’s policy streams framework, the authors examine the development of reform ideas, the opening of a policy window and the shift in the national mood after the 9/11 attacks, and the legislative tactics by the George W. Bush administration that led to the passage of the act. The analysis illustrates the significance of policy entrepreneurship in national crises but also raises questions about the permanency of policy reforms and the ethical responsibilities of public administrators in such times.

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