Presidents, Parties, and the State: A Party System Perspective on Democratic Regulatory Choice, 1884-1936

Presidents, Parties, and the State: A Party System Perspective on Democratic Regulatory Choice, 1884-1936

by Scott C. James, James Scott C.
     
 

Dominant theories of regulatory choice privilege the goals and actions of district-oriented legislators and organized groups. Presidents, Parties, and the State challenges this conventional frame, placing presidential elections and national party leaders at the center of American regulatory state development. Long the "out-party" in national polities, the Democratic… See more details below

Overview

Dominant theories of regulatory choice privilege the goals and actions of district-oriented legislators and organized groups. Presidents, Parties, and the State challenges this conventional frame, placing presidential elections and national party leaders at the center of American regulatory state development. Long the "out-party" in national polities, the Democratic party of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt confronted a severe political quandary, one that pitted long-term ideological commitments against short-term electoral opportunities. In short, Democrats were forced to choose between enacting the regulatory agenda of their traditional party base or legislating the programs of voting blocs deemed pivotal to the consolidation of national party power. Coalition-building imperatives drove Democratic leaders to embrace the latter alternative, prompting legislative intervention to secure outcomes consistent with national party needs. In the end, the electoral logic that fueled Democratic choice proved consequential for the trajectory of American state development. For, under the pressure to build a new majority party, an agrarian party with long-standing antistatist and antimonopoly commitments turned its governing power to the buildup of national administrative power and the consolidation of corporate capitalism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521030021
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: Parties, Presidential Elections, and Regulatory Choice - A Party System Perspective1
2Swing States, Business Mugwumps, and the Interstate Commerce Act of 188736
3The Progressive Party Vote and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914123
4Progressive Republicans and the "Death Sentence" for Public Utility Holding Companies During America's Second New Deal200
5Conclusion: Parties and the American Regulatory State267
Bibliography283
Index303

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