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By Brian J. Glenn, Steven M. Teles

ISBN-10: 0195373936

ISBN-13: 9780195373936

American political improvement (APD) is a center subfield in American political technology, and makes a speciality of political and coverage historical past. For a number of purposes, many of the concentration within the 20th century APD has been on liberal policymaking. but because the Nineteen Seventies, conservatives have steadily assumed regulate over a number of federal policymaking associations. This edited publication often is the first to supply a finished assessment of the influence of conservatism on 20th century American political improvement, finding its origins within the New Deal after which targeting how conservatives acted inside of executive when they started to in attaining strength within the past due Nineteen Sixties. The ebook is split into 3 eras, and in each one it makes a speciality of 3 center concerns: social defense, the surroundings, and schooling. all through, the authors emphasize the ironic position of conservatism within the enlargement of the yankee kingdom. students of the nation have lengthy specializes in liberalism simply because liberals have been the architects of kingdom growth. notwithstanding, as conservatives elevated their presence within the federal equipment, they have been often co-opted into retaining of even increasing public financial and regulatory strength. every now and then, conservatives additionally got here to just accept the lifestyles of the liberal kingdom, yet tried to take advantage of it to accomplish conservative coverage ends. regardless of conservatives' energy within the US politics and governance, the yankee kingdom is still gargantuan. As Conservatism and American Political improvement indicates, the hot correct has not just contributed to shaping the nation, yet has been formed by means of it to boot.

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The Ballinger-Pinchot controversy resulted in highly publicized congressional hearings and, ultimately, Pinchot’s 1910 dismissal for insubordination. 10 Although John Muir and the Sierra Club had achieved some success in delaying the flooding of Hetch Hetchy, in 1913 the newly inaugurated Woodrow Wilson appointed former San Francisco attorney Franklin Lane as Interior secretary. Congress moved quickly to authorize the flooding of the valley, and construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam began the next year.

7. 8. 9. 10.  inheritance tax and discovered stunning similar institutional developments in that field, as we do in ours in the final time period. See Michael J. Graetz and Ian Shapiro, Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Fight over Taxing Inherited Wealth (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005). For discussion, see Brian J. Glenn, “The Two Schools of American Political Development,” Political Studies Review 2, 2 (2004): 153–65. Exemplary recent studies in the ideational tradition include Sheri Berman, The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006); Erik Bleich, Race Politics in Britain and France: Ideas and Policymaking since the 1960s (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003); Mark Blyth, Great Transformations: Economic Ideas and Institutional Change in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002); and Katherine McNamara, The Currency of Ideas (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1998).

As Senator Guy Cordon (D-OR) noted, “the people of the United States, supported as they thought, by court decisions, supported as they knew, by words coming from the highest officers up to the department level of the United States . . bought, sold, and improved [lands] throughout more than a century of our history. . ”69 Thomas H. ”70 Opponents of the Submerged Land Act called on the majority to reaffirm the GOP’s legacy of conservation and eschew the demands of special interests. ’ This is nonsense.

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