Term: Fall 2010
Brian Balogh continuing his research on “Gifford Pinchot and the Tangled Roots of Modern American Governance” while at Grey Towers. Through his intellectual history of Pinchot, Dr. Balogh illustrates the rise of the national administrative state, and how Pinchot did not draw a bold line between public or private, national or local, mandated or market- driven mechanisms.
Rather, he and other Progressive and New Era state builders drew upon long-standing American preferences for the use of intermediary institutions, ranging from the professions to interest groups, as well as market mechanisms, to enhance national authority while ameliorating long-standing antistatist criticism.
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