When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal

When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal


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When Government Helped systematically evaluates some parallels between The Great Depression and the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown, not only in terms of their economic causes and consequences, but also in terms of their political and cultural contexts and the environmental crises that afflict both periods. The positive and negative lessons for contemporary policy-making are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of authors across a range of policy arenas. This book is a unique blend of disciplines that presents a new set of guideposts—some beneficial, some cautionary—for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199990696
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/22/2013
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sheila D. Collins, Professor Emerita of Political Science, William Paterson University

Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg, Professor Emerita of Social Policy, Adelphi University

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Public Attitudes Toward Government: The Social and Political Contexts of the Great Depression and Great Recession
Sheila D. Collins
Chapter 2: A Tale of Two Crises: A Comparative View of the Political Economy of the Great Depression and Great Recession
Volker Janssen
Chapter 3: The Bottom-Up Recovery: A New Deal in Banking and Public Finance
Timothy A. Canova
Chapter 4: A Decade of Dissent: The New Deal and Popular Movements
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
Chapter 5: Labor Militancy and the New Deal: Some Lessons for Today
Richard McIntyre
Chapter 6: The New Deal's Direct Job Creation Strategy: Providing Employment Assurance for American Workers
Philip Harvey
Chapter 7: The New Deal and the Creation of an American Welfare State
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
Chapter 8: The Democratization of Culture: The Legacy of the New Deal Arts Programs
Sheila D. Collins
Naomi Rosenblum
Chapter 9: The Rightful Heritage of All: The Environmental Lessons of the Great Depression and the New Deal Response
Sheila D. Collins
Chapter 10: New Deal Agricultural Policy: The Unintended Consequences of Supply Management
Bill Winders
Chapter 11 Conclusion: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg

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When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MargueriteR More than 1 year ago
This excellent book provides the general reader and the scholar with important information and analyses about the proactive policies of the New Deal, where they succeeded and where they didn't while providing contrasts with the rather anemic approaches to government intervention in our current Great Recession.  The book includes chapter  by experts--but written in easy-to-read language, on a wide-range of topics, from economic policies, to labor  organizing and rights, environmental degradation and approaches to curtailing it, social movements and their  impacts, and the arts.  At a time when there is too much said about government from a negative stance, t his book provides terrific reasons to answer that position.