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? This study 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. The contributors examine the evolving nature of these issues, the reactive policies of the federal government, and the institutional devices by which these policies have been applied. Never before have these major public policy issues been explored so deeply, and with such insight, in a collaborative effort crossing disciplinary borders.
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.