Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century

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Overview

What is American government like today? How has it changed - and how has it remained the same - over the course of the century now coming to a close? Taking Stock seeks to provide the fullest and most thoughtful answers yet offered to these questions. It brings together historians and political scientists to examine the past experience, current state, and future prospects of five major American public issues: trade and tariff policy, immigration and aliens, conservation and environmentalism, civil rights, and social welfare. The contributors examine the evolving nature of these issues, the reactive policies of the federal government, and the institutional devices by which these policies have been applied.
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"The essays are uniformly well written and insightful. Taking Stock should be of interest to a wide range of scholars including political scientists, historians, students of American studies, sociologists, and scholars interested in public policy." Choice

"...permeated with interesting questions...thought provoking and informative...deserves to be widely read." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"the editiors have rigorously imposed high standard...EAch of the contributions serves as a reliable and clearly written inroduction to each of the five main issues; taken as whole, the book provides a careful examination of government thoughtout the twentieth century...reasonable, balanced, and fair to both sides of an emotionally charged issue...excellent, highly readable." American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521652285
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/13/1999
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Taking Stock 1
Pt. I Trade and Tariff Policy
2 Trade Policy in Historical Perspective 15
3 The Triumph of Liberal Trade: American Trade Policy in the Postwar Period 35
Pt. II Immigrants and Aliens
4 The Progressive State and the Legacy of Collective Immigrant Identities 57
5 The Racialization of Immigration Policy 81
Pt. III Conservation and Environmentalism
6 The Many Faces of Conservation: Natural Resources and the American State, 1900-1940 123
7 Risky Business: Government and the Environment after Earth Day 156
Pt. IV Civil Rights
8 Since 1964: The Paradox of American Civil Rights Regulation 187
9 You Win Some, You Lose Some: Explaining the Pattern of Success and Failure in the Second Reconstruction 219
Pt. V Social Welfare
10 From Beginning to End: Has Twentieth-Century U.S. Social Policy Come Full Circle? 249
11 Conclusion: Governing More but Enjoying It Less 280
App Major Environmental Statutes Enacted in the 1970s and 1980s 307
Contributors 311
Index 315
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