The Growth of American Government, Revised and Updated Edition

The Growth of American Government, Revised and Updated Edition

Governance from the Cleveland Era to the Present
Ballard C. Campbell
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/29/2014
Format: Paperback 5 b&w illus., 15 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-01418-4
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American government evolved over the generations since the mid-nineteenth century. The changing character of these institutions is a critical part of the history of the United States. This engaging survey focuses on the evolution of public policy and its relationship to the constitutional and political structure of government at the federal, state, and local levels. A new chapter in this revised and updated edition examines the debate about "big government" over the last 20 years.

Author Bio

Ballard C. Campbell is Professor of History and Professor of Public Policy at Northeastern University. He has written or edited six books, including American Wars; American Disasters: 201 Calamities that Shook the Nation; and Representative Democracy: Public Policy and Midwestern Legislatures in the Late Nineteenth Century.


““This ambitious, well-written book will be a useful resource for scholars . . . an excellent overview . . . a fine, readable introduction that presents its analysis in a straightforward manner free from ideological baggage.” —Congress & the Presidency “A refreshingly unorthodox narrative. Campbell [explains] in plain language how government grew. His stance is neither liberal nor conservative, but simply well-informed and reasonable.” —Walter Nugent, author of Habits of Empire: A History of American Expansion “The canvas is large, but one comes away from the book with an understanding of what has happened, the factors contributing to these developments, and their consequences. Strongly recommended.” —Samuel McSeveney, Vanderbilt University “His overview [of the course and causes of growth] should be a compulsory assignment for any seminar on modern political culture . . .” —The Journal of American History “Campbell’s book is a marvelous multidisciplinary synthesis that builds on the findings of historians of national, state, and local government, along with those of economists and political scientists, to provide a coherent account of the rise of modern American governing structures.” —Journal of Interdisciplinary History “The book should be useful in the classroom, even for freshmen classes in U.S. history and government.” —American Historical Review “Readable, and refreshingly unorthodox, Campbell provides a coherent explanation of how and why government has become so large. His book deserves inclusion in any undergraduate bibliography covering the development of American government.” —Political Studies Association”

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Table of Contents

1. Governing the Cleveland Era
2. The Course and Causes of Growth
3. The Transition Era
4. The Great Depression and Economic Policy
5. The Managed Economy since the New Deal
6. The New Income Security
7. The New Equality
8. Paying for Modern Government
9. The New Faces of Power
10. The Reagan Era and the Restrained Polity
11. The Debate over ‘Big’ Government

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