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Review of “Tocqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940”

I’ve just finished a review of “Tocqueville’s Nightmare: The Administrative State Emerges in America, 1900-1940,” by Daniel Ernst.  The review is forthcoming in Public Administration ReviewRead the review.

How railroads changed American government

1938-16hoursMy review of The Great Railroad Revolution by Christian Wolmar has just been published on Early View for Public Administration Review.  I focus on the way in which this technological shock shaped American government.  “The current fashion is to emphasize the ways in which ideology and institutional inertia constrain the governmental response to such shocks. But Wolmar tells a different story. In the long run, The Great Railroad Revolution suggests, the governmental response to this innovation was pragmatic, hard-headed, and flexible.” A draft of the review is also posted on SSRN.

New Left Review looks at “America’s First Great Depression”

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 8.43.51 AMIn the current issue of New Left Review, Tom Mertes reviews America’s First Great Depression.  “Roberts provides a striking picture of the decade’s economic woes, drawing extensively on contemporary commentaries from both sides of the Atlantic and informed by a vivid sense of American geography.”  Read the review.