When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal

ISBN : 9780199990696

Sheila Collins; Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
360 ページ
157 x 235 mm

The global financial crisis of 2007-2008 was the most severe since The Great Depression. This book is a methodical evaluation of the parallels between the Great Depression and the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown. Although many books have been written on this topic, the unique aspect of this book is the analysis of the positive and negative lessons for contemporary policy-making of the New Deal response to the crisis, through viewing both the New Deal and recent economic crisis as a combination with the current environmental crises. It also will assess the politics of the market and the regulatory failures by helping readers better understand the structure of these crises and the constitutional reforms proposed to mollify them. This book offers new perspectives on comparisons of the intersection of economic and environmental crises of these two periods. Integrating a unique blend of disciplines, it plans to demonstrate some possible ways of escaping our malaise, approaches that were begun but never fulfilled in the 1930s, that were raised as possibilities by popular movements but never allowed onto the political agenda, or approaches that were simply unforeseen in an earlier era. Thus, the book presents a set of guideposts, some beneficial, some cautionary, for the future.


Chapter 1 Public Attitudes Toward Government: The Social and Political Contexts of the Great Depression and Great Recession
Sheila D. Collins
Chapter 2: A Tale of Two Crises: A Comparative View of the Political Economy of the Great Depression and Great Recession
Volker Janssen
Chapter 3: The Bottom-Up Recovery: A New Deal in Banking and Public Finance
Timothy A. Canova
Chapter 4: A Decade of Dissent: The New Deal and Popular Movements
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
Chapter 5: Labor Militancy and the New Deal: Some Lessons for Today
Richard McIntyre
Chapter 6: The New Deal's Direct Job Creation Strategy: Providing Employment Assurance for American Workers
Philip Harvey
Chapter 7: The New Deal and the Creation of an American Welfare State
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg
Chapter 8: The Democratization of Culture: The Legacy of the New Deal Arts Programs
Sheila D. Collins
Naomi Rosenblum
Chapter 9: The Rightful Heritage of All: The Environmental Lessons of the Great Depression and the New Deal Response
Sheila D. Collins
Chapter 10: New Deal Agricultural Policy: The Unintended Consequences of Supply Management
Bill Winders
Chapter 11 Conclusion: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal
Gertrude Schaffner Goldberg


Sheila Collins, PhD, Professor of Political Science Emerita, William Patterson University Gertrude Goldberg, PhD, Professor of Political Science Emerita, Adelphi University School of Social Work