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Building a New American State The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920

ISBN-10: 0521288657
ISBN-13: 9780521288651
Edition: 1982
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/30/1982
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

This book is about governmental change in America. It examines the reconstruction of institutional power relationships that had to be negotiated among the courts, the parties, the president, the Congress and the states in order to accommodate the expansion of national administrative capacities around the turn of the twentieth century. Stephen Skowronek argues that new institutional forms and procedures do not arise reflexively or automatically in response to environmental demands on government, but must be extorted through political and institutional struggles that are rooted in and mediated by pre-established governing arrangements. As the first full-scale historical treatment of the development of American national administration, this book will provide a useful textbook for public administration courses.

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University and co-author most recently of The Search for American Political Development.

Preface
The State-Building Problem in American Political Development
The new state and American political development
The early American state
State Building as Patchwork, 1877-1900
Patching civil administration: the limits of reform in the party state
Patching the army: the limits of provincial virtue
Patching business regulation: the failure of administered capitalism
State Building as Reconstitution, 1900-1920
Reconstituting civil administration: economy, efficiency, and the repoliticization of American bureaucracy
Reconstituting the army: professionalism, nationalism, and the illusion of corporatism
Reconstituting business regulation: administrative justice, scientific management, and the triumph of the independent commission
Epilogue
Notes
Selected bibliography
Index

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