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Taking Stock

Taking Stock
American Government in the Twentieth Century

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Michael J. Lacey, Morton Keller, David Vogel, Reed Ueda, Peter Skerry, Donald J. Pisani, R. Shep Melnick, Hugh Davis Graham, Jennifer L. Hochschild, Theda Skocpol
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  • Date Published: September 1999
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521655453

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  • What is American government like today? How has it changed--and how has it remained the same--over the course of the century now coming to a close? Taking Stock seeks to provide the fullest and most thoughtful answers yet offered to these questions. It brings together eminent historians and political scientists to examine the past experience, current state, and future prospects of five major American public issues: trade and tariff policy, immigration and aliens, conservation and environmentalism, civil rights, and social welfare.

    • Trailblazing integration of history and political science
    • Covers a wide range of important public policy issues
    • Broad range of perspectives among the essays
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The essays are uniformly well written and insightful. Taking Stock should be of interest to a wide range of scholars including political scientists, historians, students of American studies, sociologists, and scholars interested in public policy." Choice

    "...permeated with interesting questions...thought provoking and informative...deserves to be widely read." Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

    "the editiors have rigorously imposed high standard...EAch of the contributions serves as a reliable and clearly written inroduction to each of the five main issues; taken as whole, the book provides a careful examination of government thoughtout the twentieth century...reasonable, balanced, and fair to both sides of an emotionally charged issue...excellent, highly readable." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521655453
    • length: 341 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.465kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Michael J. Lacey
    1. Introduction Morton Keller
    Part I. Trade and Tariff Policy:
    2. Trade policy in historical perspective Morton Keller
    3. The triumph of liberal trade David Vogel
    Part II. Immigrants and Aliens:
    4. The progressive state and the legacy of collective immigrant identities Reed Ueda
    5. The racialization of immigration policy Peter Skerry
    Part III. Conservation and Environmentalism:
    6. The many faces of conservation: natural resources and the American state, 1900–1940 Donald J. Pisani
    7. Risky business: government and the environment after earth day R. Shep Melnick
    Part IV. Civil Rights:
    8. Since 1964: the paradox of American Civil Rights regulation Hugh Davis Graham
    9. You win some, you lose some: explaining patterns of success and failure in the second reconstruction Jennifer L. Hochschild
    Part V. Social Welfare:
    10. From beginning to end: has twentieth-century US social policy come full circle? Theda Skocpol
    11. Conclusion: governing more but enjoying it less R. Shep Melnick.

  • Editors

    Morton Keller, Brandeis University, Massachusetts

    R. Shep Melnick, Boston College, Massachusetts


    Michael J. Lacey, Morton Keller, David Vogel, Reed Ueda, Peter Skerry, Donald J. Pisani, R. Shep Melnick, Hugh Davis Graham, Jennifer L. Hochschild, Theda Skocpol

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