Introduction: Loss of Confidence and Policy Change in the 1970s

  title={Introduction: Loss of Confidence and Policy Change in the 1970s},
  author={David Brian Robertson},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  pages={1 - 18}
  • D. Robertson
  • Published 1 January 1998
  • Economics
  • Journal of Policy History
The 1970s had at least as powerful an impact on the course of American public policy as the decade that preceded it. Polls showed that confidence in large institutions—including government—was wearing down under the burden of crisis, complexity, scandal, and doubt. Inflation, economic stagnation, and severe oil shortages directly disrupted individual lives. Faith in the future of the nation, its economy, its institutions, and its government eroded. 
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