Conservatism and American Political Development

Conservatism and American Political Development

by Brian J. Glenn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195373936

ISBN-13: 9780195373936

Pub. Date: 02/26/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

American political development (APD) is a core subfield in American political science, and focuses on political and policy history. For a variety of reasons, most of the focus in the twentieth century APD has been on liberal policymaking. Yet since the 1970s, conservatives have gradually assumed control over numerous federal policymaking institutions. This edited

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American political development (APD) is a core subfield in American political science, and focuses on political and policy history. For a variety of reasons, most of the focus in the twentieth century APD has been on liberal policymaking. Yet since the 1970s, conservatives have gradually assumed control over numerous federal policymaking institutions. This edited book will be the first to offer a comprehensive overview of the impact of conservatism on twentieth century American political development, locating its origins in the New Deal and then focusing on how conservatives acted within government once they began to achieve power in the late 1960s. The book is divided into three eras, and in each it focuses on three core issues: social security, the environment, and education. Throughout, the authors emphasize the ironic role of conservatism in the expansion of the American state. Scholars of the state have long focuses on liberalism because liberals were the architects of state expansion. However, as conservatives increased their presence in the federal apparatus, they were frequently co-opted into maintaining of even expanding public fiscal and regulatory power. At times, conservatives also came to accept the existence of the liberal state, but attempted to use it to achieve conservative policy ends. Despite conservatives' power in the US politics and governance, the American state remains gargantuan. As Conservatism and American Political Development shows, the new right has not only helped shape the state, but has been shaped by it as well.

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ISBN-13:
9780195373936
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/26/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction: Studying the Role of Conservatives in American Political Development
Part One
1. Environmental Policy from the New Deal to the Great Society: The Lagged Emergence of an Ideological Dividing Line, Marc Allen Eisner
2. Social Security from the New Deal to the Great Society: Expanding the Public Domain, Edward Berkowitz and Larry DeWitt
3. Education Policy from the New Deal to the Great Society: The Three R's, Race, Reds and Religion, Gareth Davies
Part Two
4. Environmental Policy from the Great Society to 1980: A Coalition Comes Unglued, Richard Harris
5. Social Security from the Great Society to 1980: Further Expansion and Rekindled Controversy, Nancy Altman and Ted Marmor
6. Education Policy from the Great Society to 1980: The Expansion and Institutionalization of the Federal Role in Schools, Patrik McGuinn
Part Three
7. Environmental Policy from 1980 to the Present: The Politics of Prevention, Judith Layzer
8. Social Security from 1980 to Present: From Third Rail to Presidential Commitment—and Back?, Steven M. Teles and Martha Derthick
9. Education Policy from 1980 to Present: The Politics of Privatization, Jeffrey Henig
Conclusion: Conservatism and American Political Development
Afterword: An Attenuated Reconstruction: The Conservative Turn in American Political Development, Stephen Skowronek

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