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State and the Stork: The Population Debate and Policy Making in US History

by Derek S Hoff University of Chicago Press
Pub Date:
08/2012
ISBN:
9780226347622
Format:
Hbk 392 pages
Price:
AU$122.00 NZ$126.09
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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From the colonial era to the present, the ever-shifting debate about America's almost uninterrupted population growth has exerted a profound influence on the evolution of politics, public policy, and economic thinking in the United States. In a remarkable shift since the 1970s, Americans have celebrated the economic virtues of population growth - but as one of the only wealthy countries experiencing significant growth in the twenty-first century, the United States now finds itself at a crossroads with policymakers unwilling or unable to address the future. From the founders' fears that crowded cities would produce corruption, luxury, and vice to the zero population growth movement of the late 1960s and the continuing emergence of the aging crisis, the debate has often been about much more than race or resource exhaustion. In ''The State and the Stork", Derek S. Hoff draws on his extraordinary knowledge of the intersections of population debates and economics throughout American history to explain the many surprising ways that population ideas and anxieties have provoked a wide range of policies, connecting demographic debates and economics to unexpected policies and political developments - including the recent conservative revival. At once a fascinating history and a revelatory look at the national conversation, "The State and the Stork" could not be timelier.

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1. FoundationsChapter 2. The Birth of the Modern Population DebateChapter 3. Population DepressedChapter 4. Population UnboundChapter 5. Managing the Great Society’s Population GrowthChapter 6. The New Environmental State and the Zero Population Growth MovementChapter 7. Defusing the Population BombChapter 8. Population AgedEpilogueNotesIndex

''Derek S. Hoff has taken an important, complicated topic and traced it over the whole of American history. The research on display here is striking in its breadth and depth, Hoff's insights are penetrating, and his interpretation is original. The State and the Stork is a solid piece of scholarship.'' (Robert Collins, University of Missouri)''
Derek S. Hoff is associate professor of history at Kansas State University and the coauthor of Fighting Foreclosure: The \u201cBlaisdell\u201d Decision, the Contract Clause, and the Great Depression.