Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900

ISBN-10: 052177604X
ISBN-13: 9780521776042
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $72.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/6/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

In the late nineteenth century, the United States underwent an extremely rapid industrial expansion that moved the nation into the front ranks of the world economy. At the same time, the nation maintained democratic institutions as the primary means of allocating political offices and power. The combination of robust democratic institutions and rapid industrialization is rare and this book explains how development and democracy coexisted in the United States during industrialization. Most of the current literature focuses on either electoral politics or purely economic analyses of industrialization. This book synthesizes politics and economics by stressing the Republican party's role as a developmental agent in national politics, the primacy of the three great developmental policies (the gold standard, the protective tariff, and the national market) in state and local politics, and the impact of uneven regional development on the construction of national political coalitions in Congress and presidential elections.

List of tables
List of maps and charts
Preface
Introduction
Uneven economic development in the United States
Platform demands, party competition and industrialization
Claims on wealth and electoral coalitions
Political construction of the national market
Political administration and defense of the Gold Standard
Tariff protection and the Republican party
Conclusion
Index

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