The Party Period and Public Policy: American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era / Edition 1

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These boldly argued essays describe and analyze key developments in American politics and government during an era when political parties commanded mass loyalties and wielded unprecedented power over government affairs. McCormick follows the major parties from their emergence in the 1820s and 1830s to their transformation almost a century later, discussing the nature of governance and sorting out the complex relationships between politics and policy during the "party period."

These boldly argued essays analyze key developments in American politics and government in an era when political parties wielded unprecedented power over government.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195047844
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Part 1 Trends in Historiography
1. Ethnocultural Interpretations of Nineteenth-Century American Voting Behavior 29
2. The Realignment Synthesis in American History 64
3. The Social Analysis of American Political History--After Twenty Years 89
Part 2 The Political Parties
4. Political Parties in American History 143
5. The Party Period and Public Policy: An Exploratory Hypothesis 197
6. Antiparty Thought in the Gilded Age 228
Part 3 Political Change in the Progressive Era
7. Progressivism: A Contemporary Reassessment 263
8. Prelude to Progressivism: The Transformation of New York State Politics, 1890-1910 289
9. The Discovery That Business Corrupts Politics: A Reappraisal of the Origins of Progressivism 311
Index 357
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