Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 / Edition 1

Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 / Edition 1

by Stephen Skowronek
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521288657

ISBN-13: 9780521288651

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is about governmental change in America. It examines the reconstruction of institutional power relationships that had to be negotiated among the courts, the parties, the president, the Congress and the states in order to accommodate the expansion of national administrative capacities around the turn of the twentieth century. Stephen Skowronek argues that new…  See more details below

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This book is about governmental change in America. It examines the reconstruction of institutional power relationships that had to be negotiated among the courts, the parties, the president, the Congress and the states in order to accommodate the expansion of national administrative capacities around the turn of the twentieth century. Stephen Skowronek argues that new institutional forms and procedures do not arise reflexively or automatically in response to environmental demands on government, but must be extorted through political and institutional struggles that are rooted in and mediated by pre-established governing arrangements. As the first full-scale historical treatment of the development of American national administration, this book will provide a useful textbook for public administration courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521288651
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. The State-Building Problem in American Political Development: 1. The new state and American political development; 2. The early American state; Part II. State Building as Patchwork, 1877–1900: 3. Patching civil administration: the limits of reform in the party state; 4. Patching the army: the limits of provincial virtue; 5. Patching business regulation: the failure of administered capitalism; Part III. State Building as Reconstitution, 1900–1920: 6. Reconstituting civil administration: economy, efficiency, and the repoliticization of American bureaucracy; 7. Reconstituting the army: professionalism, nationalism, and the illusion of corporatism; 8. Reconstituting business regulation: administrative justice, scientific management, and the triumph of the independent commission; Epilogue; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

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