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The Instrumental UniversityEducation in Service of the National Agenda after World War II$
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Ethan Schrum

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736643

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736643.001.0001

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The Progressive Roots of the Instrumental University

The Progressive Roots of the Instrumental University

Public Administration, City Planning, and Industrial Relations

(p.19) Chapter 1 The Progressive Roots of the Instrumental University
The Instrumental University

Ethan Schrum

Cornell University Press

Chapter 1 introduces the godfather of the instrumental university, Charles Merriam, and traces the remarkably parallel rise of public administration, city planning, and industrial relations as inherently instrumental academic fields. It delineates contributions to that rise from several sources: progressivism and the New Deal milieu in general, early twentieth century associational movements for planning and government reform, and the nexus of Rockefeller philanthropy and the Social Science Research Council.

Keywords:   technocratic progressivism, public administration, city planning, industrial relations, Joseph Willits, Charles Merriam, Rockefeller Foundation, Social Science Research Council

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