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Presidents, parties, and the state : a party system perspective on Democratic regulatory choice, 1884-1936

Author: Scott Curtis James
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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"Dominant theories of regulatory choice privilege the goals and actions of district-oriented legislators and organized groups. Presidents, Parties, and the State challenges this conventional frame, placing presidential elections and national party leaders at the center of American regulatory state development. Long the "out-party" in national polities, the Democratic party of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Curtis James
ISBN: 052166277X 9780521662772
OCLC Number: 41649731
Description: x, 307 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction: Parties, Presidential Elections, and Regulatory Choice --
A Party System Perspective --
2. Swing States, Business Mugwumps, and the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 --
3. The Progressive Party Vote and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 --
4. Progressive Republicans and the "Death Sentence" for Public Utility Holding Companies During America's Second New Deal --
5. Conclusion: Parties and the American Regulatory State.
Responsibility: Scott C. James.
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