Conservatism and American Political Development

Paperback | December 26, 2008

EditorSteven M Teles, Brian J Glenn

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Through a sustained historical analysis of three of the most important issues in American politics--Social Security, environmental regulation, and federal education policy--Conservatism and American Political Development explores how conservatives have helped shape U.S. domestic policy and howthe growth of the American state has in turn shaped conservatism. Featuring leading scholars of American political development, the book traces the evolution of each issue over the course of three epochs: the New Deal, the Great Society era, and the Reagan era. Throughout, it emphasizes the ironicrole of conservatism in the expansion of the American state. As conservatives increased their presence in the federal apparatus, they were frequently co-opted into maintaining or even expanding regulatory and public fiscal power. At times, conservatives also came to accept the existence of theliberal state, but attempted to use it to achieve conservative policy ends. Despite conservatives' power in U.S. politics and governance over the last quarter century, "big government" remains. As Conservatism and American Political Development shows, conservatism has not only helped shape thestate, but has been shaped by it as well.

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Through a sustained historical analysis of three of the most important issues in American politics--Social Security, environmental regulation, and federal education policy--Conservatism and American Political Development explores how conservatives have helped shape U.S. domestic policy and howthe growth of the American state has in tur...

Brian J. Glenn is an American Political Development scholar who currently teaches at Emerson College. He previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Hamilton College, and has received awards from the New England Political Science Association, the Law and Society Association, and the American Risk and Insurance Association....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:December 26, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The study of APD has for too long been preoccupied with liberalism. This book makes a critical contribution to APD by brilliantly addressing the impact of conservatism. It is comprehensive in scope and displays a keen grasp of the critical, theoretical, historical, and institutional questions at stake. It is a must read for all serious students of APD."--Marc Landy, Professor of Political Science, Boston College "In the able hands of editors Brian Glenn and Steve Teles, Conservatism and American Political Development shows exactly how crucial conservatives have been in shaping the modern state. In careful studies of three central policy areas, conservatives appear no longer as the "cardboard-cutout villains" but rather as the leading characters. Smart and fresh, this volume is a must read for understanding the character, transformation, and persistent influence of contemporary conservatism."--Meg Jacobs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Glenn and Teles have compiled a highly instructive volume on the post-New Deal trajectory of public policy and political development in crucial political arenas. The authors' careful micro-studies provide an important corrective to standard accounts of liberal dominance and subsequent retrenchment--without giving conservative triumphalists much to cheer about."--Michael Greve, American Enterprise Institute