Belated Feudalism: Labor, the Law, and Liberal Development in the United States / Edition 1

Belated Feudalism: Labor, the Law, and Liberal Development in the United States / Edition 1

by Karen Orren, Orren
     
 

ISBN-10: 052142254X

ISBN-13: 9780521422543

Pub. Date: 01/28/1992

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Contrary to the idea that the United States was liberal from its inception, Orren argues that both capitalism and constitutionalism proceeded upon a remnant of ancient feudalism. This was the common law of master and servant, embedded in the judiciary, cutting off the fundamental area of labor governance from democratic politics. The fully legislative polity that…  See more details below

Overview

Contrary to the idea that the United States was liberal from its inception, Orren argues that both capitalism and constitutionalism proceeded upon a remnant of ancient feudalism. This was the common law of master and servant, embedded in the judiciary, cutting off the fundamental area of labor governance from democratic politics. The fully legislative polity that defines the modern liberal state was brought on through the industrial actions of trade unions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and was established with the institutions of collective bargaining under the New Deal. The book represents a reinterpertation of American political development and of the role of the labor movement as a creator of liberalism, not a spoiler of socialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521422543
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: liberalism and labor in developmental perspective; 2. The transition to liberalism and the remnant of American labor; 3. Belated feudalism: the order of the workplace in late-nineteenth-century America; 4. The old order and collective action; 5. Masters, servants, and the new American state; 6. Conclusion: the state of liberalism; Index.

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