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In this collection of original essays, a distinguished group of political scientists and historians reevaluate the legacy of the New Deal, showing how Roosevelt and his allies forged an enduring public philosophy — modern liberalism — that redefined the relationship of government and governed. Adapting broad principles from the past to the unprecedented circumstances of a worldwide depression, the New Dealers shifted American politics away from its traditional emphasis on self-reliance, private property, and decentralized power. In its place they advocated a new "economic constitutional order" — in effect, a new social contract — in which the government guaranteed protection to individuals against the uncertainties of the marketplace.
Although the contributors differ in their assessment of the successes and failures of New Deal liberalism, all agree that its implications for American political life were profound and far-reaching-in the realm of foreign as well as domestic affairs, for the theory as well as the practice of government. Taken together, the essays offer a fresh look at the many ways the New Deal, in Harry Hopkins's phrase, "made America over." In addition to the editors, contributors are William E. Leuchtenburg, Marc Landy, Nelson Lichtenstein, Donald R. Brand, Jyette Klausen, Suzanne Mettler, Ronald Story, Seyom Brown, and Morton Keller.
|Introduction: The New Deal, Then and Now||1|
|The New Deal at the End of the Twentieth Century||23|
|Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Economic Constitutional Order, and the New Politics of Presidential Leadership||31|
|Presidential Party Leadership and Party Realignment: FDR and the Making of the New Deal Democratic Party||73|
|The "Boss": Franklin Roosevelt, the Democratic Party, and the Reconstitution of American Politics||86|
|Politicized Unions and the New Deal Model: Labor, Business, and Taft-Hartley||135|
|Competition and the New Deal Regulatory State||166|
|Did World War II End the New Deal? A Comparative Perspective on Postwar Planning Initiatives||193|
|Social Citizens of Separate Sovereignties: Governance in the New Deal Welfare State||231|
|The New Deal and Higher Education||272|
|Idealism, Realpolitik, or Domestic Politics: A Clinton-Era Retrospective on FDR's Foreign Policies||297|
|The New Deal and Progressivism: A Fresh Look||313|