Mad Dogs and Other New Yorkers: American Governance and the Politics of Animal Control, 1850–1920

Lecture Description

What can urban dog-catching tell us about American politics? The history of canine animal control in New York City from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century shows how a fluid public-private boundary, which allows ostensibly private organizations to carry out public governmental functions, constitutes a normal part of American governance. This world of blended public-private relations has persisted alongside the twentieth-century expansion of the state and continues to shape the exercise of public policy today.

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Politics Urban and Suburban

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