Monday, March 17, 2014

Business History at the Policy History Conference

The Journal of Policy History and the Institute for Political History are hosting the eighth biennial Conference on Policy History at the Sheraton on Capitol Square hotel in Columbus, Ohio, from June 4 to June 7, 2014. The primary goal behind the conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scholars of policy history, American political development, and comparative historical analysis. The conference program has now been posted. Several papers and panels will be of particular interest to business historians:
  • Elizabeth Tandy Shermer will chair several sessions: see especially those on "Sunbelt Politics," on "Reexamining the New Deal: Health and Debt," the latter including a paper by David Stebenne; and on "The Politics of Economic Decline," featuring papers by David Koistinen and Joseph Arena
  • "Of Hartz and Historians: The Liberal Tradition in Modern American Politics" features papers by Benjamin Waterhouse, Jennifer Delton, and Lee Vinsel
  • "Economists, Politics, and the Policies of the Progressive Era"
  • Richard John will chair a session on "Corporations, Public Policy, and the Great War," as well as participate in a roundtable on "Party Balance, Partisan Polarization, and Policy Conflict"
  • "Banking on Politics" will be chaired by Mansel Blackford, with papers by David Freund and Mark Rose, with commentary by Brian Balogh
  • Laura Phillips Sawyer will present a paper in and Edward Balleisen will comment on the session "Building a Weak State: Public-Private Governance in Twentieth-Century America"; Balleisen will also present a paper in another session
Other presenters familiar to the BHC world include Edward Balleisen, Christy Chapin, Daniel Amsterdam, Francesca Ammon, Jesse Tarbert, Susan Yohn, and Sean Vanatta. Many sessions on politics and policies in agricultural, food, labor, and environmental history will also be of interest. For full information about the conference, please consult the meeting home page.