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How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy
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Focusing on five Los Angeles environmental policy debates between 1920 and 1950, Sarah Elkind investigates how practices in American municipal government gave business groups political legitimacy at the local level as well as unanticipated influence over federal politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents/Illustrations and Maps
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. xiii
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  1. INTRODUCTION: BUSINESS INTERESTS, SPECIAL INTERESTS, AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: OIL AND WATER: The Public and the Private on Southern California Beaches, 1920–1950
  2. pp. 17-51
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: INFUENCE THROUGH COOPERATION: The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Air Pollution Control in Los Angeles, 1943–1954
  2. pp. 52-82
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: FLOOD CONTROL AND POLITICAL EXCLUSION AT WHITTIER NARROWS, 1938–1948
  2. pp. 83-116
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: PRIVATE POWER AT HOOVER DAM: Utilities, Government Power, and Political Realism, 1920–1928
  2. pp. 117-147
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: THE TRIUMPH OF LOCALISM: The Rejection of National Water Planning in 1950
  2. pp. 148-177
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  1. CONCLUSION: SMALL GOVERNMENT AND BIG BUSINESS IN THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY
  2. pp. 178-184
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 185-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-249
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-267
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