More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America / Edition 1

More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America / Edition 1

by Robert M. Collins
ISBN-10:
0195152638
ISBN-13:
9780195152630
Pub. Date:
04/28/2002
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America / Edition 1

In More, Robert M. Collins reexamines the history of the United States from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, focusing on the federal government's determined pursuit of economic growth. After tracing the emergence of growth as a priority during FDR's presidency, Collins explores the record of successive administrations, highlighting their success in fostering growth and its partisan uses. Collins reveals that the obsession with growth appears not only as a matter of policy, but as an expression of Cold War ideology--both a means to pay for the arms build-up and proof of the superiority of the United States' market economy. But under Johnson, this enthusiasm sparked a crisis: spending on Vietnam unleashed runaway inflation, while the nation struggled with the moral consequences of its prosperity, reflected in such books as John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. More continues up to the end of the 1990s, as Collins explains the real impact of Reagan's policies and astutely assesses Clinton's "disciplined growthmanship," which combined deficit reduction and a relaxed but watchful monetary policy by the Federal Reserve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195152630
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Prologue: The Ambiguity of New Deal Economics1
1The Emergence of Economic Growthmanship17
2The Ascendancy of Growth Liberalism40
3Growth Liberalism Comes a Cropper, 196868
4Richard Nixon's Whig Growthmanship98
5The Retreat from Growth in the 1970s132
6The Reagan Revolution and Antistatist Growthmanship166
7Slow Drilling in Hard Boards214
Conclusion233
Notes241
Index285

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