With autism a contentious and growing concern in America, Professor Jack Pitney has published the first book to focus exclusively on the politics of this complex diagnosis.
In The Politics of Autism: Navigating the Contested Spectrum (2015), Pitney traces the evolution of autism into a heated political issue marked by disputes over its very definition and the emergence of a confusing mishmash of policies at the federal, state and local levels. Policies which often only frustrate the people they are supposed to help.
In exploring these complex issues, Pitney looks at how public policy is made and enacted and how effective policies for America’s autism community can be forged.
Pitney is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of American Politics at CMC.
Learn more about The Politics of Autism and see Pitney’s Autism Policy and Politics blog at http://www.autismpolicyblog.com/
Look for an excerpt from the book in the Fall issue of CMC magazine.