Friday, March 25, 2016

Program Available: Conference on Policy History

The Institute for Political History, the Journal of Policy History, the Department of Government at the University of Texas Austin, and the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University are hosting the ninth biennial Conference on Policy History in Nashville, Tennessee, June 1-4, 2016. The conference program, which features a great many business historians, has now been posted. Sessions are not numbered, but readers may find topics and speakers by using their browser's search function, as all sessions are listed on a single webpage. Topics of particular interest include
"Making Markets: Rethinking the Late-Twentieth-Century Regulatory State," with comment by Ed Balleisen
"Institutional Finance, Institutional Politics: Central Banks, Mortgage Finance, and Consumer Lending in the Mid-20th Century"
"Trade Associations: Contracting Out the State," featuring papers by Laura Phillips Sawyer, Benjamin Waterhouse, and Jennifer Delton, and commentary by Christy Ford Chapin
"Re-Conceptualizing the Connections between New Deal Mortgages, Race, and Economics"
"Regulatory Policy," chaired by Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
"Public Relations, Law, and Interest Groups in the Late-nineteenth and Early-twentieth Century United States," chaired and discussed by Richard John
"New Views of the New Deal and Its Legacy"
"Roundtable on Panic at The Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s," with Meg Jacobs
"Antimonopoly Reconsidered"
"Business and Tax Policies"
"New Institutional Synthesis: Organizations, Rules, Inflections, and Disciplines in Historiography," chaired by Richard John with commentary by Ed Balleisen and Meg Jacobs
"What Counts as Neoliberal? Governance, Markets, and Managing Crisis, 1945 – 1995"
These sessions represent just a selection of topics of interest. For more conference details, including registration and lodging information, please see the meeting website. The early registration discount expires on April 30 and special hotel room rates on April 17.