For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America's Public-Private Welfare State / Edition 1

For All These Rights: Business, Labor, and the Shaping of America's Public-Private Welfare State / Edition 1

by Jennifer Klein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691126054

ISBN-13: 9780691126050

Pub. Date: 02/21/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The New Deal placed security at the center of American political and economic life by establishing an explicit partnership between the state, economy, and citizens. In America, unlike anywhere else in the world, most people depend overwhelmingly on private health insurance and employee benefits. The astounding rise of this phenomenon from before World War II,

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The New Deal placed security at the center of American political and economic life by establishing an explicit partnership between the state, economy, and citizens. In America, unlike anywhere else in the world, most people depend overwhelmingly on private health insurance and employee benefits. The astounding rise of this phenomenon from before World War II, however, has been largely overlooked. In this powerful history of the American reliance on employment-based benefits, Jennifer Klein examines the interwoven politics of social provision and labor relations from the 1910s to the 1960s. Through a narrative that connects the commercial life insurance industry, the politics of Social Security, organized labor's quest for economic security, and the evolution of modern health insurance, she shows how the firm-centered welfare system emerged. Moreover, the imperatives of industrial relations, Klein argues, shaped public and private social security.

Looking closely at unions and communities, Klein uncovers the wide range of alternative, community-based health plans that had begun to germinate in the 1930s and 1940s but that eventually succumbed to commercial health insurance and pensions. She also illuminates the contests to define "security"--job security, health security, and old age security--following World War II.

For All These Rights traces the fate of the New Deal emphasis on social entitlement as the private sector competed with and emulated Roosevelt's Social Security program. Through the story of struggles over health security and old age security, social rights and the welfare state, it traces the fate of New Deal liberalism--as a set of ideas about the state, security, and labor rights--in the 1950s, the 1960s, and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691126050
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2006
Series:
Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of Abbreviations xiii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: Mass Marketing Private Insurance: The Origins of a Private Employee Benefits System, 1910-1933 16
Chapter 2: Industrial Pensions: Efficiency and Security 53
Chapter 3: The New Deal Struggle: Insurers, Employers, and the Politics of Social Security, 1933-1940 78
Chapter 4: Organizing for Health Security: Community, Labor, and New Deal Visions for Health Care and Health Policy, 1930s-1940s 116
Chapter 5: Economic Security on the Home Front: Health Insurance and Pensions during World War II 162
Chapter 6: Managing Security: The Triumph of Group Insurance and the State’s Legitimation of the Public-Private Welfare State,
1940-1960 204
Chapter 7: Epilogue: The Limits of Private Security, 1960s-1990s 258
Notes 277
Index 341

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