Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933-1956by Jason Scott Smith
Pub. Date: 12/31/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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, prestaging the national highways and the military-industrial complex. This impressive and exhaustively researched analysis underscores the importance of the New Deal in comprehending political and economic change in modern America.
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Table of Contents1. Reevaluating the New Deal state and the public works revolution; 2. Economic development and unemployment in the early New Deal; 3. Making a New Deal state: patronage and the Public Works Administration; 4. The dilemma of New Deal public works: people or projects?; 5. 'Boondoggling' and the welfare state; 6. Party building and 'pernicious political activities': the road to the Hatch Act; 7. Public works and New Deal liberalism in reorganization and war; 8. Public works and the postwar world; 9. Epilogue: public works and the building of New Deal liberalism.
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