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A Short History of American Industrial Policies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. William R. Nester
    Pages 15-37
  3. William R. Nester
    Pages 38-72
  4. William R. Nester
    Pages 73-121
  5. William R. Nester
    Pages 122-162
  6. William R. Nester
    Pages 163-191
  7. William R. Nester
    Pages 192-221
  8. William R. Nester
    Pages 222-262
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-329

About this book


For nearly four centuries, Americans have debated the government's proper role in developing the economy. Some argue that the economy develops the best when government intervenes the least. Others counter that the economy best develops when government and business work together to that end. A Short History of American Industrial Policies analyzes the ideological, political, and industrial policy struggle from the colonial era to the 1990s. To give a complete understanding, both the chronology and process of America's industrial policymaking and policies are explored in depth throughout.


economy government Policy work

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.St. John’s UniversityNew YorkUSA

About the authors

William Nester is the author of more than thirty books on international relations, military history, and the nature of power. He is a Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at St. John s University in New York, USA.

Bibliographic information


Nester has produced a useful, brief introduction to the industrial policy issue.... Industrial and Labor Relations Review