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Class and Power in the New Deal: Corporate Moderates, Southern Democrats, and the Liberal-Labor Coalition
     

Class and Power in the New Deal: Corporate Moderates, Southern Democrats, and the Liberal-Labor Coalition

by G. Domhoff, Michael Webber
 

ISBN-10: 0804774536

ISBN-13: 9780804774536

Pub. Date: 08/01/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Class and Power in the New Deal provides a new perspective on the origins and implementation of the three most important policies that emerged during the New Deal—the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Social Security Act. It reveals how Northern corporate moderates, representing some of the largest fortunes and

Overview

Class and Power in the New Deal provides a new perspective on the origins and implementation of the three most important policies that emerged during the New Deal—the Agricultural Adjustment Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Social Security Act. It reveals how Northern corporate moderates, representing some of the largest fortunes and biggest companies of that era, proposed all three major initiatives and explores why there were no viable alternatives put forward by the opposition.

More generally, this book analyzes the seeming paradox of policy support and political opposition. The authors seek to demonstrate the superiority of class dominance theory over other perspectives—historical institutionalism, Marxism, and protest-disruption theory—in explaining the origins and development of these three policy initiatives. Domhoff and Webber draw on extensive new archival research to develop a fresh interpretation of this seminal period of American government and social policy development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804774536
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Studies in Social Inequality Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Power Actors 31

Chapter 2 The Agricultural Adjustment Act 90

Chapter 3 The National Labor Relations Act 104

Chapter 4 The Social Security Act 142

Chapter 5 Aftermath and Implementation 187

Chapter 6 The Shortcomings of Alternative Theories of the New Deal 217

Bibliography 253

Index 275

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