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Congratulations to Professor Anne M. Kornhauser on the publication of her book Debating the American State: Liberal Anxieties and the New Leviathan, 1930-1970 will be published (University of Pennsylvania Press). Debating the American Statetraces the encounter between liberal thought and the rise of the administrative state and the resulting legitimacy issues that arose for democracy, the rule of law, and individual autonomy. By examining a broad and unusual cast of characters, including American social scientists and legal academics, the philosopher John Rawls, and German refugee intellectuals who had witnessed the destruction of democracy in the face of a totalitarian administrative state, Professor Kornhauser uncovers the sympathetic but concerned voices—commonly drowned out in the increasingly partisan political discourse—of critics who struggled to reconcile the positive aspects of the administrative state with the negative pressure such a contrivance brought on other liberal values such as individual autonomy, popular sovereignty, and social justice. By showing that the leviathan state was never given a principled and scrupulous justification by its proponents, Debating the American Statereveals why the liberal state today remains haunted by programmatic dysfunctions and relentless political attacks. To order a copy, click here.