The Party Period and Public Policy
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The Party Period and Public Policy : American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era

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These boldly argued essays describe and analyze key developments in American politics and government in an era when political parties commanded mass loyalties and wielded unprecedented power over government affairs. McCormick follows the major parties from their emergence in the 1820s and 1830s to their transformation almost a century later, discussing the nature of governance, clarifying economic policies of promotion, distribution, and (later) regulation that characterized government functions at every level, and sorting out the complex relationships between politics and policy during the "party period."show more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 136.1 x 204.5 x 19.6mm | 358.31g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195047842
  • 9780195047844

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These boldly argued essays describe and analyze key developments in American politics and government during an era when political parties commanded mass loyalties and wielded unprecedented power over government affairs. McCormick follows the major parties from their emergence in the 1820s and 1830s to their transformation almost a century later, discussing the nature of governance and sorting out the complex relationships between politics and policy during the 'party period.'show more

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'These essays document the emergence of Richard L. McCormick as a leading interpreter of American political history ... [He] is a skilled synthesizer. And he properly concludes from his reconnaissance of the field that policy warrants high priority on our research agendas.' Civil War History 'Perhaps the most stimulating series of essays of this decade by an American political historian.' Journal of American Historyshow more