Zachary Callen's research while affiliated with Allegheny College and other places

Publications (7)

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Engines of Redemption: Railroads and the Reconstruction of Capitalism in the New South, by R. Scott Huffard Jr., is an exceptional piece of railroad history that both tells an important historical narrative about the growth of the southern post–Civil War railroad network while at the same time using the railroad as a mechanism to investigate themes...
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The Road to Inequality: How the Federal Highway Program Polarized America and Undermined Cities. By Clayton Nall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 186p. $99.99 cloth, $24.99 paper. - Volume 17 Issue 1 - Zachary Callen
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Democracy and the Origins of the American Regulatory State. By Samuel DeCanio. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. 320p. $45.00 paper. - Volume 15 Issue 4 - Zachary Callen
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In this essay, President Donald Trump’s policies are evaluated in terms of their impact on American federalism. Rather than producing an era of significant devolution, the paper argues that the Trump administration will primarily result in very typical policy changes to American federalism. In particular, the Trump administration will redirect stat...
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This article argues that American federalism led both to a greater national role in rail promotion and more centralized railroads in the antebellum period. Local competition among states led Congressional representatives from state unable to build local railroads to turn to federal assistance. Early support for railroads came from representatives i...
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Antebellum states were critical in supporting the emerging rail system of the nineteenth century, yet not all states engaged in active rail promotion efforts. In this analysis, I consider how local economic and political conditions, as well as the rail promotion activities of a state's contiguous neighbors, impacted a legislature's rail promotion d...
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The seams of the state: Infrastructure and intergovernmental relations in American state building

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... policy areas that undercut Trump's political agenda, while placing more support behind programs that advance the president's agenda" (Callen 2017, p. 379). In other words, Trump is not deconstructing the administrative state, he is simply "repurposing" it to further his policy objectives (Callen 2017). ...
... Variation in federal welfare contributions by state and over time allows us to investigate the influence of such spending on state economic development performanceespecially that required for knowledge and high technology-based industries. Regional economic growth can be achieved not only by transferring income through the tax system and outlays, but by reducing state welfare obligations (Bohte & Meier, 2000;Callen, 2009). Federal welfare spending may allow states to divert fungible own-source revenue to implement more politically popular economic development programs. ...