has written Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform
(Stanford University Press, 2019). He is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.
In Politics of Empowerment
, David Pettinicchio offers a history of the political development of disability rights in the United States. Since the 1920s, policy makers have framed and re-framed the obligations of the federal government to those with disabilities. Over time, disability rights emerged, establishing a set of guarantees for public accommodations. At the same time, disability policies were challenged as too expensive and unfeasible, a new threat to the disability community. Pettinicchio follows these ebbs and flows by integrating sociological and political science theories on policy change, social movements, and interest groups.