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ISBN:0801437598
Author: Milton J. Esman
ISBN13: 978-0801437595
Title: Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds
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Language: English
Category: Politics and Government
Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 10, 2000)
Pages: 208

Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds by Milton J. Esman



In Government Works, Milton Esman, professor of international studies at Cornell University and self-proclaimed progressive has played the role of the defense attorney in my little tableau. Esman is despondent over the failure of progressivism to continue its march toward the bright future of equality, security, harmony, and social justice that seemed so attainable back in the early to mid-1960s. Since then, however, that radiant future has receded, mainly due to rightist activism. Poor Professor Esman. The closest Esman comes to even acknowledging the existence of free-market scholarship is this sentence: The late 1970s witnessed the maturing and the achievement of intellectual respectability for ideologically rightist journals and think tanks that had been initiated a generation before by a small band of wealthy enemies of activist government.

Milton J. Esman believes that th. .This is the principal controversy in contemporary American politics. Milton J. Esman believes that the United States suffers not from too much government but from too little. Most Americans today proclaim pride in their democracy, but they do not trust Washington. Esman is John S. Knight Professor Emeritus of International Studies at Cornell University. His books include Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds, International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, and Administration and Development in Malaysia, all from Cornell, and Introduction to Ethnic Conflict.

Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds. Published by: Cornell University Press. warming and affirmative action are motivated by their desire to extend government’s reach deeper into Americans’ lives.

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In Government Works, Milton Esman, professor of international studies at Cornell University and self-proclaimed "progressive" has played the role of the defense attorney in my little tableau. Since then, however, that radiant future has receded, mainly due to "rightist" activism.

Government Works book. Esman shows how American conservatives have, for the l What is the proper role of government in American life? This is the principal controversy in contemporary American politics. Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds. 0801437598 (ISBN13: 9780801437595).

Why Americans Need the Feds. Published April 13, 2000 by Cornell University Press. Politics and government, In library, Conservatism, Political planning. During the final quarter of the twentieth century the most significant mood in American public affairs has been disenchantment with government.

His books include Government Works: Why Americans Need the Feds, International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, and Administration and Development in Malaysia, all from Cornell, and Introduction to Ethnic Conflict. In this timely book Milton J. Esman surveys a recurrent and seemingly intractable factor in the politics of nations: ethnicity. As the author notes, virtually no contemporary nation-state is ethnically homogeneous.

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What is the proper role of government in American life? This is the principal controversy in contemporary American politics. Milton J. Esman believes that the United States suffers not from too much government but from too little. Most Americans today proclaim pride in their democracy, but they do not trust Washington. Esman shows how American conservatives have, for the last quarter-century, hammered away at the federal government, attacking its size, its inefficiencies, the limits it places on personal freedom, and its intervention in what conservatives believe should be free and untrammeled market transactions. Such commentators have effectively seized the initiative, and their antigovernment viewpoint now dominates the public discourse on politics. "This bias runs contrary to the main thrust of American political experience," Esman writes, "and is detrimental to the well-being of the nation on the brink of the new millennium." His book includes a historical study of public attitudes toward government and an analysis of the functions that only government can perform to ensure a healthy future for the American people and to check the negative effects of economic globalization. He proposes a set of political tactics to address the unchallenged trashing of a central institution of American democracy and restore public confidence in government.Plainspoken, straight-shooting, wide-ranging, Government Works draws on the progressive tradition in American thought to deal with the central predicament in contemporary public affairs.