Formative Acts

Seventeen essays illuminate critical junctures in American political development—from the social movements for women's suffrage, civil rights, and workers' rights, to Reconstruction, to the regulation of prescription drugs—as vantage points from which to examine how change is enacted.

Formative Acts
American Politics in the Making

Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman, Editors

2007 | 456 pages | Cloth $65.00 | Paper $29.95
Political Science
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Formative Acts
—Stephen Skowronek and Matthew Glassman

PART I: THE ACTORS
Chapter 2: The Terrain of the Political Entrepreneur
—Adam Sheingate
Chapter 3: Leadership and American Political Development
—Bruce Miroff
Chapter 4. Agency and Popular Activism in American Political Culture
—James Block

PART II: STRUCTURE AND OPPORTUNITY
Chapter 5. A Calculated Enchantment of Passion: Bryan and the "Cross of Gold" in the 1896 Democratic National Convention
—Richard Bensel
Chapter 6. Organizing for Disorder: Civil Unrest, Police Control, and the Invention of Washington, D.C.
—Daniel Kryder
Chapter 7. Partisan Entrepreneurship and Policy Windows: George Frisbie Hoar and the 1890 Federal Elections Bill
—Richard M. Valelly

PART III: RESETTING THE TERMS OF GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Chapter 8. Andrew Johnson and the Politics of Failure
—Nicole Mellow and Jeffrey K. Tulis
Chapter 9. Forging a New Grammar of Equality and Difference: Progressive Era Suffrage and Reform
—Eileen McDonagh
Chapter 10. The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Language, Culture, and Political Change
—Victoria Hattam and Joseph Lowndes

PART IV: AT THE INTERFACE OF MOVEMENTS AND THE STATE
Chapter 11. Presidents and Social Movements: A Logic and Preliminary Results
—Elizabeth Sanders
Chapter 12. Leaders, Citizenship Movements, and the Politics Rivalries Make
—Daniel J. Tichenor
Chapter 13. The President in the Vanguard: Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Insurgency
—Sidney M. Milkis

PART V: INSIDERS OUT TO CHANGE THINGS
Chapter 14. Entrepreneurial Defenses of Congressional Power
—Eric Schickler
Chapter 15. Inventing the Institutional Presidency: Entreprenuership and the Rise of the Bureau of the Budget, 1939-49
—Andrew Rudalevige
Chapter 16. Robust Action and the Strategic Use of Ambiguity in a Bureaucratic Cohort: FDA Officers and the Evolution of New Drug Regulations, 1950-70
—Daniel P. Carpenter and Colin D. Moore
Chapter 17. Retrospective: Formative Action and Second Acts
—Elisabeth Clemens

Notes
List of Contributors
Index