A New Political History
A revolutionary new approach to the history of American public life-its politics, government, and law--from colonial times to the tumultuous present.
Hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "the single best book written in recent years on the sweep of American political history," this groundbreaking work divides our nation's history into three "regimes," each of which lasts many, many decades, allowing us to appreciate as never before the slow steady evolution of American politics, government, and law. The three regimes, which mark longer periods of continuity than traditional eras reflect, are Deferential and Republican, from the colonial period to the 1820s; Party and Democratic, from the 1830s to the 1930s; and Populist and Bureaucratic, from the 1930s to the present. Praised by The Economist as "a feast to enjoy" and by Foreign Affairs as "a masterful and fresh account of U.S. politics," here is a major contribution to the history of the United States-an entirely new way to look at our past, our present, and our future-packed with provocative and original observations about American public life.
Introduction: The American Polity and Its Regimes; PART ONE: THE DEFERENTIAL-REPUBLICAN REGIME; Ch. 1 Old Ways and New; Ch. 2 The Republican Revolution; Ch. 3 From Factions to Parties; PART TWO: THE PARTY-DEMOCRATIC REGIME: THE DEMOCRATIC POLITY; Ch. 4 The Culture of Party Politics; Ch. 5 Governing a Democratic Polity; Ch. 6 Crisis; PART THREE: THE PARTY-DEMOCRATIC REGIME: THE INDUSTRIAL POLITY; Ch. 7 The Age of the Politicos; Ch. 8 A State of Parties and Courts; Ch. 9 The Progressive Challenge; PART FOUR: THE BUREAUCRATIC-POPULIST REGIME; Ch. 10 The Rise of the Bureaucratic-Populist Regime; Ch. 11 Bureaucracy and Democracy; Ch. 12 Populism and Party; CONCLUSION: TODAY AND TOMORROW