The New Deal And Its Legacy: Critique And Reappraisal

Hardcover | June 1, 1989

EditorRobert Eden

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The New Deal remains at the center of the national debate concerning the role and function of government--a controversy that reflects increasingly deep divisions within the American body politic. In an attempt to clarify and reframe the underlying issues, the authors of this book examine the principles, political methods, institutions, and programs that came out of the New Deal and assess their consequences and implications for the future. In the opening chapter, Robert Eden reviews changing public assessments of the New Deal and the questions that remain most divisive. Subsequent authors address specific aspects of the New Deal itself, such as farm programs, and regulatory, bureaucractic, and administrative reforms. Others explore the controversial issues that Roosevelt's political philosophy and programs raised. Among these are constitutional questions, "enlightened administration," the presidency, electoral realignment divisions and party politics, and the political significance of the welfare state. The concluding chapter discusses the New Deal legacy in today's Democratic party. Placing contemporary political issues in a broad, constructive framework, this book provides new perspectives on a pivotal episode in modern American history and gives us a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and constitutional challenges we currently face.

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The New Deal remains at the center of the national debate concerning the role and function of government--a controversy that reflects increasingly deep divisions within the American body politic. In an attempt to clarify and reframe the underlying issues, the authors of this book examine the principles, political methods, institutions,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 1989Publisher:Chemical Publishing Company, I

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ISBN - 10:0313261814

ISBN - 13:9780313261817

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?A collection of neoconservative analyses of the New Deal that originated at conferences (1986, 1987) held at Hillsdale College. The volume offers, for the most part, thoughtful appraisals counter to the run of current interpretations. The perspective is set by Peter J. Coleman's extensive essay that argues the New Deal was the culmination of a generation of reformers who were committed to "interventionism" and sought to create an "enlightened administrative welfare state." Although clear disagreements are in evidence, the common judgment appears to be that the New Deal "legacy" has been to reduce individual liberty, restrict "development of human faculties," "enervate" citizen involvement in governing, and change the constitutional structure of the government. Essays range from the brief (Frisch) and truculent (Shenfield) to the lengthy and probing (Milkis and Eden); as is generally the case in such collections, some are more persuasive than others. Endnotes, bibliography, and index are provided. Recommended for all academic and large public libraries.?-Choice