Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956

Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956

by Jason Scott Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521139937

ISBN-13: 9780521139939

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides the first historical study of New Deal public works programs and their role in transforming the American economy, landscape, and political system during the twentieth century. Reconstructing the story of how reformers used public authority to reshape the nation, Jason Scott Smith argues that the New Deal produced a revolution in state-sponsored…  See more details below

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This book provides the first historical study of New Deal public works programs and their role in transforming the American economy, landscape, and political system during the twentieth century. Reconstructing the story of how reformers used public authority to reshape the nation, Jason Scott Smith argues that the New Deal produced a revolution in state-sponsored economic development. The scale and scope of this dramatic federal investment in infrastructure laid crucial foundations - sometimes literally - for postwar growth, presaging the national highways and the military industrial complex. This exhaustively researched analysis underscores the importance of the New Deal in comprehending political and economic change in modern America by placing political economy at the center of the "new political history." Drawing on a remarkable range of sources, Smith provides a groundbreaking reinterpretation of the relationship between the New Deal's welfare state and American liberalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521139939
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,188,817
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1Reevaluating the New Deal state and the public works revolution1
2Economic development and unemployment during the early New Deal21
3Making a New Deal state : patronage and the Public Works Administration54
4The dilemma of New Deal public works : people or projects?85
5"Boondoggling" and the welfare state135
6Party building and "pernicious political activities" : the road to the Hatch Act160
7Public works and New Deal liberalism in reorganization and war190
8Public works and the postwar world232
9Epilogue : public works and the building of New Deal liberalism258

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