2014
Alumni (National Fellow)

Brent Cebul

National Fellow
Degrees:
M.A. University of Virginia (2008)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2014)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Conservatism
Healthcare Policy
History of Capitalism
Liberalism
Political Economy

Thesis Description:

The Rise of Antigovernment Governance: The Politics of Federal Economic Development and Local Business Mobilization, 1938-1994
Cebul’s dissertation, “The Rise of Antigovernment Governance: The Politics of Federal Economic Development and Local Business Mobilization, 1938-1994,” was a social and political history of local business leaders’ perceptions of the federal government’s proper role in fostering community and economic development from the New Deal through the early 1990’s. The project explored how business constituencies in the rural Sunbelt and de-industrializing Rustbelt created kindred public-private institutions that benefited from and sought to expand local, state, and federal developmental capacities. By illuminating the intertwined themes of localism and the evolution of fiscal federalism through the lens of the development policies of the New Deal, the Great Society, and Nixon and Reagan’s New Federalisms, the dissertation challenged assumptions about the decline of liberalism, the rise of conservatism, and business leaders’ embrace of neo-liberal policy prescriptions.

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