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Book reviews


Makeba Greene, review of Zelizer, Pricing the Priceless Child

Michelle McQuiston, review of Steiber, Housing Design and Society in Amsterdam



Michelle McQuiston, review of Steiber, Housing Design and Society in Amsterdam





Recommended Reading


Please add to the list below of books and articles you'd recommend. Full bibliographic information not essential, but make sure you sign your name.


European welfare state formation (Margaret O'Mara)


Allen, Ann. Feminism and Motherhood in Germany, 1800-1914. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1991.


Baldwin, Peter. The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases in the European Welfare State, 1875‑1975. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Mentioned in class; argues that middle class was instrumental in state formation.


Dickinson, Edward. The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.


deSwaan, Abram. In the Care of the State: New York: Health Care, Education, and Welfare in Europe and America During the Modern Era. Oxford University Press, 1988.


Dwork, Deborah. War is Good for Babies and Other Young Children. London: Tavistock, 1987.


Esping-Andersen, Gosta, Martin Rein, and Lee Rainwater, eds. Stagnation and Renewal in Social Policy: The Rise and Fall of Policy Regimes. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1987.


Evans, Eric J. Social Policy, 1830-1914. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1978.


Flora, Peter and A. Heidenheimer, eds. The Development of Welfare States in Europe and America. London: Transaction Books, 1981.


Hon Hung, Young-Sun. Welfare, Modernity, and the Weimar State, 1919‑1933. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.


Lees, Lynn Hollen. Solidarities of Strangers: the English Poor Laws and the People, 1700-1948. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Pedersen, Susan. Family, Dependence, and the Origins of the Welfare State: Britain and France, 1914-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.



Women's Organizations and the Creation of Social Policy (Steve Beda)


After reading Skocpol, these readings came to mind which some of you might find useful...


Gilmore, Glenda Elizabeth. Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1896-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.


Higginbotham, Evelyn Brooks. Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880-1920. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993.



Two Books I will likely be referencing this entire quarter (Steve Beda)


You've already heard me talk about them, and I'm sure I'll reference them again...


Kessler-Harris, Alice. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th Century America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.


Cohen, Lizabeth. Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990.



American Politics/Political Economy from 1870 to 1920 (Ben Piggot)


Dealing with politics from a broader, more "structural" perspective:


Elizabeth Sanders, The Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American State, 1877-1917 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998)


Richard Bensel, The Political Economy of American Industrialization, 1877-1900 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000)


Martin Sklar, The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916: The Market, the Law, and Politics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988)



More Gilded Age and Progressive Era Historiography (Margaret O'Mara)


Robert Johnston, The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and the Question of Capitalism in the Progressive Era (2003)


Morton Keller, Affairs of State: Public Life in Late Nineteenth Century America (1977)


Michael McGerr, The Decline of Popular Politics: The Urban North, 1865-1928 (1986)


David Montgomery, The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925 (Cambridge 1987)


Stephen Skowronek, Building a New American State: The Expansion of National Administrative Capacities, 1877-1920 (1982) - this is also listed as additional reading on the syllabus, but reiterated here as it is something of a companion piece to Skocpol


Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (1982)



History of Institutions in the United States (Margaret O'Mara)


Some of the works I mentioned in class as we discussed Katz' In the Shadow of the Poorhouse


David Rothman, Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and its Alternatives in Progressive America (1980)


William Graebner, The History of Retirement (1980) (example of age-grading of society; still a very understudied area)


Gerald Grob, Mental Institutions in America (1973) (shows how process of institutionalization created profession of psychiatry – very good at showing process)


Charles Rosenberg, The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (1987) (also emph stigmatizing distinction between public and private)


Eric Schneider, In the Web of Class: Delinquents and Reformers in Boston (1992)


Rosemary Stevens, In Sickness and in Wealth: Hospitals in the Twentieth Century (1989)

Viviana Zelizer, Pricing the Priceless Child (1993)


Urban History, Urban Infrastructure (Margaret O'Mara)

After reading about Progressive era urban infrastructure et al in Rodgers, you may be interested in the following other readings in urban history (US-focused, largely pre-1945)



Monkkonen, Eric H. America Becomes Urban: The Development of U.S. Cities and Towns, 1780‑1980. Berkeley: California, 1988.


Schlesinger, Arthur M. “The City in American History.” Mississippi Valley Historical Review 27 (June 1940): 43-66.


Tilly, Charles. “What Good Is Urban History?” Journal of Urban History 22 (1996) 702-19.


Wade, Richard C. The Urban Frontier: The Rise of Western Cities, 1790-1830. Harvard, 1959.






Gilfoyle, Timothy J. City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920. New York: Norton, 1992.


Hershberg, Theodore, ed. Philadelphia: Work, Space, Family, and Group Experience in the Nineteenth Century. New York: 1981.


Katz, Michael B., Michael K. Doucet, and Mark J. Stern. The Social Organization of Early Industrial Capitalism. Cambridge: Harvard, 1981.


Katznelson, Ira. City Trenches: Urban Politics and the Patterning of Class in the United States. New York: Pantheon, 1981.


Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860. New York: Oxford, 1986.


Zunz, Olivier. The Changing Face of Inequality: Urbanization, Industrial Development, and Immigrants


in Detroit, 1880-1920. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1982.




Mike Davis, City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (London: Verso, 2006).


Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princton: Princeton University Press, 2003)






Boyer, M. Christine. Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning. Cambridge: Harvard, 1983.


Jackson, John Brinckerhoff. Landscapes: Selected Writings. New York, 1970.


Page, Max. The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1999.


Shammas, Carole. “The Space Problem in Early United States Cities.” William and Mary Quarterly 57: 3 (July 2000), 505-542.


Wilson, William H. The City Beautiful Movement. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1989.






Boyer, Paul. Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1880-1920. Cambridge: Harvard, 1978.


Meranze, Michael. Laboratories of Virtue: Punishment, Revolution, and Authority in Philadelphia, 1760-1835. Chapel Hill: North Carolina, 1996.


Ryan, Mary. Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century. Berkeley: California, 1997.


Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. Religion and the Rise of the American City: The New York City Mission Movement, 1812-1870. Ithaca: Cornell, 1971.






Fishman, Robert. Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia. New York: Basic Books, 1987.


Melosi, Martin V. The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1999.


Tarr, Joel A. The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective. Akron: University of Akron, 1996.


Warner, Sam Bass. Streetcar Suburbs: The Process of Growth in Boston, 1870-1900. Cambridge: Harvard, 1962.



Cross-Class Alliances (Steve Beda)


Just read this and thought it was important in relation to Swenson:


Nelson Lichtenstein, State of the Union: A Century of American Labor (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002), esp. Ch. 3 "A Labor-Management Accord?"



Some Economic and Welfare State Statistics - International Comparisons (Ben Piggot)


They are drawn from two useful books discussing political economy and welfare state in the contemporary era:


Andrew Glyn, Capitalism Unleashed: Finance, Globalization, and Welfare (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)


Jonas Pontusson, Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe and Liberal America (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005)


See the course discussion board for some stats


Strategies in Creating/Managing Public Policy (Makeba Greene)


Most of the readings that we focus on in the Evans School are produced by the Kennedy School of Business (Harvard) and are packaged as electronic readings that I'm not able to give other people access to.  However, the foundation of our public policy classes all focus on the same text: Mark H. Moore, Creating Public Value: Strategic Management In Governance (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1995) 

Mark Moore is a terrible writer (this is pretty universally accepted), but his concept of the strategic triange (see: http://www.nasaa-arts.org/nasaanews/strategic_triangle.pdf for an example) has become the fundamental "backbone" of most public policy schools.  He has essentially made a lot of money by making a graph out of some pretty intuitive considerations that need to be made in the process of creating policy.  Nonetheless, his contribution is the triangle framework from which almost all other public policy frameworks are compared. 


A much more application-based text for creating reform is: Derick W. Brinkerhoff and Benjamin L. Crosby, Managing Policy Reform: Concepts and Tools for Decision-Makers in Developing and Transitioning Countries.  (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, Inc, 2002)  Despite the misleading subtitle, Brinkerhoff and Crosby introduce very practical tools and concepts that can be used in any level of policy decision making, both domestically and in the international development context.  The richness of this text is in their extensive use of real case studies, and the use of stakeholder analysis and other tools to assess (Mark Moore's concept of) public value. 


More on how fiscal concerns shape racial attitudes--but not so much focused on politicians (Steve Beda)


Becky M. Nicolaides, My Blue Heaven: Life and Politics in the Working-Class Suburbs of Los Angeles, 1920-1965 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002)


Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001)


Robert O. Self, American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003) --yes, I already posted this above, but Self's book is one of those studies that engages about fifty-dozen different historiographic debates and makes meaningful interventions in them all.


Congress, Taxation, et al. - response to Michael Brown (Margaret O'Mara)


Mentioned today in class:  Katznelson, Geiger, and Kryder, "Limiting Liberalism: The Southern Veto in Congress, 1933-1950," Political Science Quarterly 108:2 (Summer 1993), 283-306.Katznelson et al Limiting Liberalism.pdf


Also mentioned:  Julian Zelizer, Taxing America:  Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 194501975 (Cambridge, 1998)


Cited often by Brown and important and useful (put this one on your orals reading list):  Bruce Schulman, From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt: Federal Policy, Economic Development, and the Transformation of the South (Oxford, 1991)



Policy Communities, Issue Networks (Margaret O'Mara)


A few of my recommendations from the abundant social scientific literature on the subject:


Hugh Heclo, "Issue networks and the executive establishment," The New Political System, edited by Anthony King, 1978, published in Washington, D.C. by The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, pages 87-124.


Paul Burstein, "Policy Domains: Organization, Culture, and Policy OUtcomes," Annual Review of Sociology 17 (1991): 327-350


John Kingdon, Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policies (Glenview, Ill: Scott, Foresman, 1984)

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