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Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State

by Samuel Decanio
Yale Univ Pr

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Pub Date: 2015
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 inches

ISBN: 9780300198782
TB Code: 1805477
Availability: 15 in stock

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.