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Introduction. Toward an Associational Synthesis

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pp. 1-22

Americans are frustrated with government. Partisan gridlock has driven public opinion of Congress to historic lows. Budget deficits loom and the wealth gap expands. The price of homeland security requires citizens to share their homes, or at least their cell phones, with Big Brother. And a...

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1. The Enduring Legacy of Nineteenth-Century Governance in the United States: The Emergence of the Associational Order

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pp. 23-40

That nineteenth-century Americans did not want the national government involved in their lives, that they preferred to leave things to state and local government and a free market unencumbered by government intervention and that they got their wish—a central government that did not do anything...

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2. Scientific Forestry and the Roots of the Modern American State: Gifford Pinchot's Path to Progressive Reform

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pp. 41-65

Gifford Pinchot was the Progressive Era’s Forrest Gump. When it came to the politics of conservation, he was everywhere. Pinchot was the youngest member of the National Forest Commission in 1896. He directed the Division of Forestry (later the Forest Service) from 1898 through 1910. Pinchot...

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3. ''Mirrors of Desires'': Interest Groups, Elections, and the Targeted Style in Twentieth-Century America

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pp. 66-88

The template used by elected officials to discern the preferences of their constituents is fundamental to democratic governance. This template shifted in the first third of the twentieth century. The way in which elected officials conceptualized voters evolved from one that employed reliable partisan...

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4. Reorganizing the Organizational Synthesis: Federal-Professional Relations in Modern America

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pp. 89-138

Twenty years after Louis Galambos published ‘‘The Emerging Organizational Synthesis in Modern American History,’’ the organizational strand of revisionist history has become a mainstay of scholarly interpretation.¹ One hallmark of its maturity is that today the organizational synthesis is...

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5. Meeting the State Halfway: Governing America, 1930–1950

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pp. 139-171

The essays in this volume suggest an alternative way to narrate the evolution of politics and governance in the United States. They examine the interaction between state and society, paying particular attention to those institutions located within civil society and the private sector that mediated...

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6. Making Pluralism ''Great'': Beyond a Recycled History of the Great Society

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pp. 172-199

Explicit in the title of this essay is a seemingly innocuous term: ‘‘pluralism.’’ For many leading scholars, the Great Society killed pluralism. Nelson Lichtenstein, for instance, has castigated pluralism as a Trojan horse (designed by liberal intellectuals, no less!) that co-opted social democracy only to...

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Conclusion. How We Got Here

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pp. 200-222

The year 2013 was not good for the Obama administration. Despite his earlier accomplishments—navigating landmark health care reform through a hyper-partisan Congress and spearheading the successful assault on Osama Bin Laden—implementation proved to be a challenge for the former...

Notes

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pp. 223-266

Index

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pp. 267-281