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Governing America : the revival of political history

Author: Julian E Zelizer
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, cop. 2012.
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In recent years, the study of American political history has experienced a remarkable renaissance. In this book, one of the leaders of the resurgence in American political history, assesses its  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julian E Zelizer
ISBN: 0691150737 9780691150734
OCLC Number: 815235543
Description: ix, 416 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments ix Governing America: An Introduction 1 Part I: Thinking about the Field 9 One: Beyond the Presidential Synthesis: Reordering Political Time 11 Two: Clio's Lost Tribe: Public Policy History Since 1978 41 Three: History and Political Science: Together Again? 60 Four: Rethinking the History of American Conservatism 68 Five: What Political Science Can Learn from the New Political History 90 Part II: Paying for Government: Taxes, Money, and Fiscal Restraint 105 Six: The Uneasy Relationship: Democracy, Taxation, and State-Building Since the New Deal 107 Seven: The Forgotten Legacy of the New Deal: Fiscal Conservatism and the Roosevelt Administration, 1933-1938 124 Eight: "Where Is the Money Coming From?" The Reconstruction of Social Security Finance 153 Nine: Paying for Medicare: Benefits, Budgets, and Wilbur Mills's Policy Legacy 168 Part III: The Rules of the Game: The Politics of Process 193 Ten: Seeds of Cynicism: The Struggle Over Campaign Finance, 1956-1974 195 Eleven: Bridging State and Society: The Origins of 1970s Congressional Reform 221 Twelve: Without Restraint: Scandal and Politics in America 232 Thirteen: Seizing Power: Conservatives and Congress Since the 1970s 259 Fourteen: How Conservatives Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Presidential Power 290 Part IV: Politics and Policy: The Case of National Security 307 Fifteen: Congress and the Politics of Troop Withdrawal, 1966-1973 309 Sixteen: Detente and Domestic Politics 321 Seventeen: Conservatives, Carter, and the Politics of National Security 335 Notes 351 Index 399
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"Zelizer's essays give the reader a good grasp of the ways that politics has unfolded over the past half century. And the range of topics gives a good sense of where the field lies at this point. The Read more...

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