|Title||Dogs and the making of the American state: voluntary association, state power, and the politics of animal control in New York City, 1850–1920|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Journal||Journal of American History (Bloomington, Ind.)|
|Keywords||Animal control, Associations, Business enterprises, Cities, Conflict, Dogs, Economic aspects, Economic development, History, Methods, Planning, Public policy, Public-private sector cooperation, Rabies, United States|
Using the history of canine animal control in New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Wang examines how a fluid public-private boundary constituted a normal part of American governance. This world of blended public-private relations–which allowed ostensibly private organizations to carry out public governmental functions–has persisted alongside the twentieth-century expansion of the state and continues to shape the exercise of public policy today. Indeed, contemporary examples such as Halliburton and military outsourcing may be but a few steps removed from the history of dogs and their regulation in the American city.