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Regulating a New Economy

Regulating a New Economy

Public Policy and Economic Change in America, 1900–1933

Morton Keller

ISBN 9780674753631

Publication date: 02/01/1996

Morton Keller, a leading scholar of twentieth-century American history, describes the complex interplay between rapid economic change and regulatory policy. In its portrait of the response of American politics and law to a changing economy, this book provides a fresh understanding of emerging public policy for a modern nation.


  • Keller treats the reader to detailed accounts of how pre-New Deal bureaucrats and judges reinterpreted antitrust laws, developed entire systems of railroad and utility regulation, designed rules governing automobiles and their carriers, created an entire branch of law devoted to corporations...and established rules for banks and insurance companies. America's regulators and judges were far busier before the New Deal than is commonly supposed.

    —Robert B. Reich, New Republic


  • 1995, Winner of the Littleton-Griswold Prize


  • Morton Keller is Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History at Brandeis University and is the author of numerous books and articles, including In Defense of Yesterday: James M. Beck and the Politics of Conservatism and The Art and Politics of Thomas Nast. He has also edited books on the New Deal and the age of Theodore Roosevelt.

Book Details

  • 432 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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