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Friday, September 11, 2020

Autism and Accountability

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the policy paradoxes of the issue.  Today I am presenting a paper titled "Autism and Accountability" at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.  
The abstract:
We expect policymakers to be accountable to the public for their handling of public issues. The case of autism presents fundamental difficulties. First, the boundaries of autism have shifted over the years, and they remain contested. Second, there are multiple publics with radically different views about the character of the issue. Third, there is no single “autism policy.” Instead, the issue spans multiple issue areas where responsibility is diffused and the connections between policy outputs and outcomes are difficult to establish. The paper ends with modest recommendations for improving our knowledge base.

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