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The Resource Debating the American state : liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970, Anne M. Kornhauser

Debating the American state : liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970, Anne M. Kornhauser

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Debating the American state : liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970
Title
Debating the American state
Title remainder
liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970
Statement of responsibility
Anne M. Kornhauser
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Language
eng
Summary
The New Deal left a host of political, institutional, and economic legacies. Among them was the restructuring of the government into an administrative state with a powerful executive leader and a large class of unelected officials. This "leviathan" state was championed by the political left, and its continued growth and dominance in American politics is seen as a product of liberal thought-to the extent that "Big Government" is now nearly synonymous with liberalism. Yet there were tensions among liberal statists even as the leviathan first arose. Born in crisis and raised by technocrats, the bureaucratic state always rested on shaky foundations, and the liberals who built and supported it disagreed about whether and how to temper the excesses of the state while retaining its basic structure and function. Debating the American State traces the encounter between liberal thought and the rise of the administrative state and the resulting legitimacy issues that arose for democracy, the rule of law, and individual autonomy. Anne Kornhauser examines a broad and unusual cast of characters, including American social scientists and legal academics, the philosopher John Rawls, and German refugee intellectuals who had witnessed the destruction of democracy in the face of a totalitarian administrative state. In particular, she uncovers the sympathetic but concerned voices-commonly drowned out in the increasingly partisan political discourse-of critics who struggled to reconcile the positive aspects of the administrative state with the negative pressure such a contrivance brought on other liberal values such as individual autonomy, popular sovereignty, and social justice. By showing that the leviathan state was never given a principled and scrupulous justification by its proponents, Debating the American State reveals why the liberal state today remains haunted by programmatic dysfunctions and relentless political attacks.--
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1964-
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Kornhauser, Anne Mira
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Liberalism
  • United States
Label
Debating the American state : liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970, Anne M. Kornhauser
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Leviathan and its discontents -- Democracy and accountability in the administrative state -- The rule of law when the state goes to war -- Liberal democracy conducts an occupation and a war crimes tribunal -- Individual autonomy and the modern American state: the philosophy of John Rawls
Control code
FIEb17676411
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
323 pages
Isbn
9780812246872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)885378147
Label
Debating the American state : liberal anxieties and the new leviathan, 1930-1970, Anne M. Kornhauser
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Leviathan and its discontents -- Democracy and accountability in the administrative state -- The rule of law when the state goes to war -- Liberal democracy conducts an occupation and a war crimes tribunal -- Individual autonomy and the modern American state: the philosophy of John Rawls
Control code
FIEb17676411
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st edition.
Extent
323 pages
Isbn
9780812246872
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)885378147

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