More: The Politics of Economic Growth in Postwar America by Robert M. Collins

By Robert M. Collins

James Carville famously reminded invoice Clinton all through 1992 that "it's the financial system, stupid." but, for the final 40 years, historians of recent the US have neglected the financial system to target cultural, social, and political subject matters, from the start of contemporary feminism to the autumn of the Berlin Wall. Now a pupil has advanced to put the financial system again in its rightful position, on the middle of his old narrative. in additional, Robert M. Collins reexamines the heritage of the U.S. from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to invoice Clinton, concentrating on the federal government's decided pursuit of monetary development. After tracing the emergence of development as a concern in the course of FDR's presidency, Collins explores the list of successive administrations, highlighting either their good fortune in fostering development and its partisan makes use of. Collins unearths that the obsession with development appears to be like not just as a question of coverage, yet as an expression of chilly struggle ideology--both a way to pay for the hands build-up and facts of the prevalence of the us' marketplace financial system. yet less than Johnson, this enthusiasm sparked a situation: spending on Vietnam unleashed runaway inflation, whereas the state struggled with the ethical outcomes of its prosperity, mirrored in books corresponding to John Kenneth Galbraith's The prosperous Society and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. extra maintains as much as the tip of the Nineties, as Collins explains the genuine effect of Reagan's regulations and astutely assesses Clinton's "disciplined growthmanship," which mixed deficit relief and a calm yet watchful financial coverage by means of the Federal Reserve. Writing with eloquence and analytical readability, Robert M. Collins bargains a startlingly new framework for realizing the historical past of postwar the USA.

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5 And Norman Mailer heralded the political triumph of John F.

First, the press of current events and workaday routine exerted a stultifying influence on the intellectual work of the Council. 49 In 1949 Nourse wrote to Senator Paul Douglas that “the resources of the Council and its small staff are fully taxed by the continuing task of furnishing economic judgments upon concrete problems as they arise. . ”50 The next year, when Roy Blough joined the Council, he told a friend: “I suppose there are ways to make this job of mine a nice quiet study of economics, but I do not seem to have learned them.

Harold F. 41 A second reason for the underdevelopment of the relationship between policy and theory was the striking lack of interest in theory per se on the part of key CEA figures and, less surprising, on the part of the leader to whom they reported, President Truman. Nourse noted caustically in September 1949: Keyserling and Clark were quite impatient with my idea that, since we have to do a great deal of re-thinking of economic theory and business practices, the staff work is heavily weighted with refinement of issues and statements of pros and cons rather than setting forth dogmatic answers.

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