Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State

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Political scientist Samuel DeCanio examines how political elites used high levels of voter ignorance to create a new type of regulatory state with lasting implications for American politics. Focusing on the expansion of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century America, DeCanio’s exhaustive archival research examines electoral politics, the Treasury Department’s control over monetary policy, and the Interstate Commerce Commission’s regulation of railroads to examine how conservative politicians created a new type of bureaucratic state to insulate policy decisions from popular control.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Haven, Connecticut
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9780300216318
ISBN (Print)9780300198782
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameThe Yale ISPS series
PublisherYale University Press


  • United States
  • Elections
  • Politics and government
  • History
  • Representative government and representation
  • Political elites
  • Bureaucracy
  • Legislative power
  • Democracy
  • Legislation
  • Political campaigns
  • State autonomy


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