Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975 / Edition 1

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Overview

Taxing America offers a new interpretation of the American state between 1945 and 1975 by tracing the career of Wilbur D. Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1974. Blending methodological insights from history, political science, and sociology, Julian Zelizer provides one of the first comparative histories of income taxation, Social Security, and Medicare in this study of the crucial role Mills played in the national tax agenda as he negotiated between the tax policy community and Congress.
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"[Zelizer's] book is a masterly account of politics and policy that combines historical research, institutional and cultural analysis of policy communities, and congressional scholarship." Perspectives on Political Science

"its author is opinionated without being polemical, deftly exposing the inadequacy of the "end of reform" approach to postwar American history and offering an alternative model that is highly sophisticated and thoroughly convincing... Zelizer combines the disciplines of history and political science in ways that suggest a bright future for the emerging subdiscipline of policy history." American Historical Review.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521795449
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Key to Collections
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Building a State in America 1
Challenges and Obstacles 3
Shaping the Policy Agenda 19
1 An Arkansas Traveler Comes to Washington 27
2 "Where is the Money Coming From?" 55
3 "Taxation of Whom and for What?" 82
4 The Legislative Mills, 1958-1961 119
5 The Postwar Fiscal Discourse 147
6 The Road to Tax Reduction 179
7 Bringing Medicare into the State 212
8 The War on Inflation 255
9 Spending through Taxes 283
10 Expanding Social Security 312
11 Looking Backward and Forward 349
Index 373
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