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Author DeCanio, Samuel, author.

Title Democracy and the origins of the American regulatory state / Samuel DeCanio.

Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xi, 308 pages) : illustrations, map.
Series The Yale ISPS series
Yale ISPS series.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Contents The modern regulatory state -- State autonomy in democratic societies -- Civil War finance and the American state -- George Pendleton and mass opinion -- The election of 1868 -- The crime of 1873 -- Discretion and the Treasury Department -- The Ohio gubernatorial election of 1875 -- The Compromise of 1877 and railroad regulation -- Charles Francis Adams Jr. and bureaucracy -- Free silver and the Democratic Party -- The conservative origins of the American regulatory state -- Conclusion : state autonomy in democratic societies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-303) and index.
Summary Political scientist Samuel DeCanio examines how political elites used high levels of voter ignorance to create a new type of regulatory state with lasting implications for American politics. Focusing on the expansion of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century America, DeCanio's exhaustive archival research examines electoral politics, the Treasury Department's control over monetary policy, and the Interstate Commerce Commission's regulation of railroads to examine how conservative politicians created a new type of bureaucratic state to insulate policy decisions from popular control.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject United States. Interstate Commerce Commission.
United States. Department of the Treasury.
Representative government and representation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Political campaigns -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Elections -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780300216318 (electronic bk.)
0300216319 (electronic bk.)