Forged Consensus David M. Hart

ISBN: 9780691026671

Published: July 21st 1998

Hardcover

272 pages


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Forged Consensus  by  David M. Hart

Forged Consensus by David M. Hart
July 21st 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780691026671 | 4.67 Mb

In this thought-provoking book, David Hart challenges the creation myth of post--World War II federal science and technology policy. According to this myth, the postwar policy sprang full-blown from the mind of Vannevar Bush in the form of Science,MoreIn this thought-provoking book, David Hart challenges the creation myth of post--World War II federal science and technology policy.

According to this myth, the postwar policy sprang full-blown from the mind of Vannevar Bush in the form of Science, the Endless Frontier (1945). Hart puts Bushs efforts in a larger historical and political context, demonstrating in the process that Bush was but one of many contributors to this complex policy and not necessarily the most successful one. Herbert Hoover, Karl Compton, Thurman Arnold, Henry Wallace, Robert Taft, and Curtis LeMay--along with more familiar figures like Bush--are among those whose endeavors he traces.Hart places these policy entrepreneurs in the broad scheme of American political development, connecting each ones vision of the state in this apparently esoteric policy area to the central issues, events, and figures of mid-century America and to key theoretical debates.

Harts work reveals the wide range of ideas, often in conflict with one another, that underlay what later observers interpreted as a postwar consensus. In Harts view, these visions--and the interests and institutions that shape their translation into public policy--form the enduring basis of American politics in this important area. Policymakers today are still grappling with the legacies of the forged consensus.



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