Conservatism and American Political Development

ISBN-10: 0195373936
ISBN-13: 9780195373936
Edition: 2008
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Description: American political development (APD) is core subfield in American political science, and it focuses on political and policy history. For a variety of reasons, most of the focus in twentieth century APD has been on liberal policymaking. Yet since the  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

American political development (APD) is core subfield in American political science, and it focuses on political and policy history. For a variety of reasons, most of the focus in twentieth century APD has been on liberal policymaking. Yet since the 1970s, conservatives have gradually assumed control over numerous federal policymaking institutions. This edited book is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of the impact of conservatism on twentieth century American political development, locating its origins in the New Deal and then focusing on how conservatives acted within government once they began to achieve power in the late 1960s. The book is divided into three eras, and in each it focuses on three core issues: social security, the environment, and education. Throughout they emphasize the ironic role of conservatism in the expansion of the American state. Scholars of the state have long focused on liberalism because liberals were the architects of state expansion. However, as conservatives increased their presence in the federal apparatus, they were frequently co-opted into maintaining or even expanding public fiscal and regulatory power. At times, conservatives also came to accept the existence of the liberal state, but attempted to use it to achieve conservative policy ends. Despite conservatives' power in U.S. politics and governance, the American state remains gargantuan. As Conservatism and American Political Development shows, the new right has not only helped shape the state, but has been shaped by it as well.

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Editors' Preface Introduction: Studying the role of conservatives in American Political Development
Environmental Policy from the New Deal to the Great Society: The Lagged Emergence of an Ideological Dividing Line
Social Security from the New Deal to the Great Society: Expanding the Public Domain
Education Policy from the New Deal to the Great Society: The Three R's, Race, Reds and Religion
Environmental Policy from the Great Society to 1980: A Coalition Comes Unglued
Social Security from the Great Society to 1980: Further Expansion and Rekindled Controversy
Education Policy from the Great Society to 1980: The Expansion and Institutionalization of the Federal Role in Schools
Environmental Policy from 1980 to the Present: The Politics of Prevention
Social Security from 1980 to Present: From Third Rail to Presidential Commitment--and Back?
Education Policy from 1980 to Present: The Politics of Privatization, Jeffrey Henig Conclusion: Conservatism and American Political Development Afterword: An Attenuated Reconstruction: The Conservative Turn in American Political Development

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