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Democracy and the origins of the American regulatory state

Author: Samuel DeCanio
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Yale ISPS series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Political scientist Samuel DeCanio examines how political elites used high levels of voter ignorance to create a new type of regulatory state with lasting implications for American politics. Focusing on the expansion of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century America, DeCanio's exhaustive archival research examines electoral politics, the Treasury Department's control over monetary policy, and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel DeCanio
ISBN: 9780300198782 0300198787
OCLC Number: 905638887
Description: xi, 308 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: The modern regulatory state --
State autonomy in democratic societies --
Civil War finance and the American state --
George Pendleton and mass opinion --
The election of 1868 --
The crime of 1873 --
Discretion and the Treasury Department --
The Ohio gubernatorial election of 1875 --
The Compromise of 1877 and railroad regulation --
Charles Francis Adams Jr. and bureaucracy --
Free silver and the Democratic Party --
The conservative origins of the American regulatory state --
Conclusion : state autonomy in democratic societies.
Series Title: Yale ISPS series.
Responsibility: Samuel DeCanio.

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"Political scientist Samuel DeCanio examines how political elites used high levels of voter ignorance to create a new type of regulatory state with lasting implications for American politics. Focusing on the expansion of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century America, DeCanio's exhaustive archival research examines electoral politics, the Treasury Department's control over monetary policy, and the Interstate Commerce Commission's regulation of railroads to examine how conservative politicians created a new type of bureaucratic state to insulate policy decisions from popular control"--Back cover.

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"In this sprightly book, Sam DeCanio reworks the coming of the U.S. regulatory state in the late 19th century with an eye for the public-opinion underpinnings of that extended process. Those Read more...

 
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