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Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State (The Institution for Social and Policy Studies)

ISBN: 9780300198782
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 2015-10-27
Number of pages: 320
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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.

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