When the Marching Stopped: The Politics of Civil Rights Regulatory Agencies

By Hanes Walton Jr. | Go to book overview

4. THE POLITICS OF CIVIL
RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT:
REGULATORY
RULEMAKING AND ACTION

Professor Jeffrey M. Berry writes: "Few aspects of American society have been left untouched by the regulations of federal administrative agencies. There are regulations to cover everything from day care centers to funeral homes. Most of the regulations that come out of Washington each week have little impact on the consciousness of the general public. Yet regulations affect the quality of life of ordinary citizens." 1

Although governmental "regulatory activity dates back to the 1800s and was aimed essentially at the economic sphere, beginning in the sixties and seventies, new 'social' regulations began to appear and these social policy rules were aimed at society and various segments in it." One observer put it thus:

Economic ("old") regulation focuses on markets, rates, and the obligation to serve. Social ("new") regulation affects the conditions under which goods and services are produced, and the physical characteristics of products that are manufactured. Social regulation also differs from economic regulation in the wider scope of its im

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