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More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America

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James Carville famously reminded Bill Clinton throughout 1992 that "it's the economy, stupid." Yet, for the last forty years, historians of modern America have ignored the economy to focus on cultural, social, and political themes, from the birth of modern feminism to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now a scholar has stepped forward to place the economy back in its rightful place, at the center of his historical narrative.

In More, Robert M. Collins reexamines the history of the United States from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, focusing on the federal government's determined pursuit of economic growth. After tracing the emergence of growth as a priority during FDR's presidency, Collins explores the record of successive administrations, highlighting both their success in fostering growth and its partisan uses. Collins reveals that the obsession with growth appears not only as a matter of policy, but as an expression of Cold War ideology--both a means to pay for the arms build-up and proof of the superiority of the United States' market economy. But under Johnson, this enthusiasm sparked a crisis: spending on Vietnam unleashed runaway inflation, while the nation struggled with the moral consequences of its prosperity, reflected in books such as John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. More continues up to the end of the 1990s, as Collins explains the real impact of Reagan's policies and astutely assesses Clinton's "disciplined growthmanship," which combined deficit reduction and a relaxed but watchful monetary policy by the Federal Reserve.

Writing with eloquence and analytical clarity, Robert M. Collins offers a startlingly new framework for understanding the history of postwar America.

Synopsis:

Collins re-examines the history of the United States from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, focusing on the federal government's determined pursuit of economic growth.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-284) and index.

About the Author

Robert M. Collins is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he teaches recent U.S. history. He is the author of The Business Response to Keynes, 1929-1964. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Table of Contents

The emergence of economic growthmanship — The ascendancy of growth liberalism — Growth liberalism comes a cropper, 1968 — Richard Nixon's whig growthmanship — The retreat from growth in the 1970s — The Reagan revolution and antistatist growthmanship — Slow drilling in hard boards.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195046465
Author:
Collins, Robert M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Collins, Robert M.
Author:
null, Robert M.
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
History, American | Since 1945
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States Economic policy.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
99-35
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, w illus.
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.4 x 6 x 1.3 in 1.35 lb

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