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"There has long been a need for a readable introductory survey and synthesis of recent scholarship on the evolution of U.S. economic policy-making at the federal level over the last century or so. Dr. Eisner has now provided us with one that is both historically concrete and well-aware of the most important methodological controversies in the literature."
—Paul M. Johnson, Auburn University
"This timely book is a concise, clear, balanced, and thoughtful analysis of the nation’s momentous economic problems and their origins. Eisner expertly synthesizes the intertwined growth of government and economic institutions over the past century, and shows that this history is indispensable for understanding today’s American dilemmas of social welfare, globalization, the financial crisis, and the recession. The American Political Economy provides an essential foundation for coming to grips with contemporary American politics and policy."
—David Robertson, University of Missouri
"Conventional approaches to the study of public policy tell us that there are states and there are markets and never the twain shall meet. Marc Allen Eisner persuasively demonstrates not only that they have met but that they are joined cheek to jowl."
—Richard Bensel, Cornell University