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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521828058

ISBN-13: 9780521828055

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521828055
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. 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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