Legacies Versus Politics: Herbert Hoover, Partisan Conflict, and the Symbolic Appeal of Associationalism in the 1920s

  title={Legacies Versus Politics: Herbert Hoover, Partisan Conflict, and the Symbolic Appeal of Associationalism in the 1920s},
  author={Andrew J. Polsky and Olesya Tkacheva},
  journal={International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society},
  • A. Polsky, O. Tkacheva
  • Published 1 December 2002
  • History, Political Science
  • International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society
The concept of a policy legacy has come into widespread use among scholars in history and the social sciences, yet the concept has not been subject to close scrutiny. We suggest that policy legacies tend to underexplain outcomes and minimize conventional politics and historical contingencies. These tendencies are evident in the revisionist literature on American politics in the aftermath of the First World War. That work stresses continuities between wartime mobilization and postwar policy… 
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