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Political scientist Samuel DeCanio examines how political elites used excessive degrees of voter lack of know-how to create a brand new form of regulatory kingdom with lasting implications for American politics. targeting the growth of bureaucratic authority in late-nineteenth-century the USA, DeCanio’s exhaustive archival examine examines electoral politics, the Treasury Department’s keep an eye on over financial coverage, and the Interstate trade Commission’s rules of railroads to ascertain how conservative politicians created a brand new form of bureaucratic country to insulate coverage judgements from well known control.

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Functional interdependence is conceived as ideologies’ tendency to “bundle” issue positions together, such that if we know one position an ideologue holds we will have a high probability of success in predicting some other set of attitudes or positions. Political ideologies link multiple ideas together, creating a seemingly coherent system of logically related propositions that appear to be an internally coherent “package” of ideas and issue positions. indb 35 7/24/15 9:17:05 AM 36 State Autonomy in Democratic Societies their correspondence with some underlying variable.

Indb 22 7/24/15 9:17:04 AM The Modern Regulatory State 23 branch of government (executive bureaucrats and independent commissions), and wielded authority for specific purposes (regulation of markets).  There are two principal problems with existing explanations of this transformation in American government. First, the economic conditions that existed during this period did not mark the initial emergence of capitalism as an economic mode of production.  This indicates that the origins and subsequent consolidation of American capitalism occurred before and then after the period that I am arguing saw the initial emergence of the regulatory state.

Low and . . voting . . ” Recognizing that nineteenth-century Americans were often poorly informed, Robert Wiebe argues such ignorance was politically consequential as well.  Many argue that public ignorance is hardly limited to contemporary American politics but was widespread in earlier periods of American history as well. Since voter awareness of the state’s actions is a prerequisite for popular control of government, high levels of voter ignorance may grant democratic states autonomy from popular control.

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