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Indian Affairs and the Administrative State in the Nineteenth Century

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  • Date Published: August 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617995

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  • The framers of the Constitution and the generations that followed built a powerful and intrusive national administrative state in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The romantic myth of an individualized, pioneering expansion across an open West obscures nationally coordinated administrative and regulatory activity in Indian affairs, land policy, trade policy, infrastructure development, and a host of other issue areas related to expansion. Stephen J. Rockwell offers a careful look at the administration of Indian affairs and its relation to other national policies managing and shaping national expansion westward. Throughout the nineteenth century, Indian affairs were at the center of concerns about national politics, the national economy, and national social issues. Rockwell describes how a vibrant and complicated national administrative state operated from the earliest days of the republic, long before the Progressive era and the New Deal.

    • The first major study of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to appear in 25 years
    • Relevant to subfields within these disciplines, including studies of the presidency, institutional relations, race and ethnicity studies
    • Designed to make Indian affairs and the history of US-Indian relations accessible to non-experts and newcomers, in a way that complements traditional topics and research in political science, history, and public administration
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    "In this highly effective and masterfully researched volume, Rockwell examines the relationship between US federal administrations of Indian affairs and general US policy making. Highly recommended." -Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617995
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The myth of open wilderness and the outlines of big government
    2. Managed expansion in the early republic
    3. Tippecanoe and treaties, too: executive leadership, organization, and effectiveness in the years of the factory system
    4. The key to success and the illusion of failure
    5. Big government Jacksonians
    6. Tragically effective: the administration of Indian removal
    7. Public administration, politics, and Indian removal: perpetuating the illusion of failure
    8. Clearing the Indian barrier: Indian affairs at the center of national expansion
    9. Containment and the weakening of Indian resistance: the effectiveness of reservation administration
    10. What's an administrator to do? Reservations and politics
    11. Conclusion: the myth of limited government.

  • Author

    Stephen J. Rockwell, St Joseph's College, New York
    Stephen J. Rockwell is an Associate Professor of Political Science at St Joseph's College in Patchogue, New York. He taught in the Political Science and Public Administration programs at the University of Michigan-Flint and worked as a Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author (with Peter Woll) of American Government: Competition and Compromise (2001) and co-editor (with Peter Woll) of an anthology entitled American Political Ideals and Realities (2000).

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