Liberty and Coercion - The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present

American governance is burdened by a paradox. On the one hand, Americans don't want "big government" medd

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Liberty and Coercion - The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present

Table of contents :
Acknowledgments ix
INTRODUCTION
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PART I Foundations, 1780s–1860s
1 A Liberal Central State Emerges 17
2 The States and Their Police Power 55
PART II Improvisations, 1860s–1920s
3 Strategies of Liberal Rule 89
4 Lessons of Total War 125
5 Parties, Money, Corruption 149
PART III Compromises, 1920s–1940s
6 Agrarian Protest and the New Liberal State 185
7 Reconfiguring Labor-Capital Relations 217
PART IV American Leviathan, 1940s–2010s
8 An Era of Near-Permanent War 251
9 Breaking the Power of the States 275
10 Conservative Revolt 311
CONCLUSION
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