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Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920

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ISBN-13: 978-0521288651
ISBN-10: 0521288657
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Examines the reconstruction of institutional power relationships that had to be negotiated among the courts, the parties, the President, the Congress, and the states in order to accommodate the expansion of national administrative capacities around the turn of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University. He is the author of Building A New American State, The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920, and The Politics Presidents Make: Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton. He is also, with Karen Orren, the managing Editor of Studies In American Political Development. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has held the French-American Foundation Chair in American Civilization at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale in Paris.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (June 30, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521288657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521288651
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little too optismistic about the ability of experts to use government authority to plan the direction of a society...and certainly too friendly to Woodrow Wilson and the American mobilization for the First World War (which is presented as a legitimate challenge to American state capacity)...nonetheless, this is one of the four or five most important works in American political history published in the last half century...and that is true even if you have to wait for the distributor to deliver it...
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