Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State

Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State

Number of page: 320
Author: Samuel DeCanio
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300216318
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Category: Political Science

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.