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Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State

Samuel DeCanio


This book examines how political elites used high levels of voter ignorance to create a new sort of regulatory state with lasting implications for American politics. Focusing on the expansion of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century America, the book's 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.

Keywords: political elites, regulatory state, electoral politics, monetary policy, railroads, bureaucratic state, bureaucratic authority, Interstate Commerce Commission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300198782
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel DeCanio, author
Yale University