Lessons and Policy Implications from the Flint Water Crisis
CSD Policy Brief
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
The purpose of this brief is to describe the shortcomings of Michigan’s EM system and inform policymakers on potential improvements for its eventual replacement. We first frame the EM system within the logic and practice of urban austerity politics. Next, we demonstrate how emergency manager policies are not race-neutral approaches to solving urban financial crises. Rather, historically oppressed groups—and African Americans in particular—tend to absorb its costs. We conclude by considering what the Flint water crisis suggests about policy mechanisms that might prevent future environmental health crises, outlining the role of social workers in this process.
Krings, A., Kornberg, D., & Lee, S. (2019). Lessons and policy implications from the Flint water crisis. (CSD Policy Brief No. 19-41). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.
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