The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics Since the New Deal

The Unwieldy American State: Administrative Politics Since the New Deal

by Joanna L. Grisinger


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The Unwieldy American State offers a political and legal history of the administrative state from the 1940s through the early 1960s. After Progressive Era reforms and New Deal policies shifted a substantial amount of power to administrators, the federal government's new size and shape made one question that much more important: how should agencies and commissions exercise their enormous authority? In examining procedural reforms of the administrative process in light of postwar political developments, Grisinger shows how administrative law was shaped outside the courts. Using the language of administrative law, parties debated substantive questions about administrative discretion, effective governance, and national policy and designed reforms accordingly. In doing so, they legitimated the administrative process as a valid form of government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107004320
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2012
Pages: 319
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Joanna L. Grisinger is currently a senior lecturer in the Legal Studies program at Northwestern University. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Policy History. She has received fellowships and research support from Clemson University, the University of Chicago, the Miller Center of Public Affairs, the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association.

Table of Contents

1. The war at home; 2. A 'Bill of Rights' for the administrative state; 3. Congress's watchful eye; 4. The Hoover administration and the 80th Congress; 5. The stymied transformation of administrative law.

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