New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935

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Arguing that the labor and welfare law of the latter New Deal grew from a response to the competitive instability of the period, the origins and premises of the policies of the 1920s and 1930s are reassessed in the first major reinterpretation of the New Deal in thirty years.
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"Gordon's most original contribution to the literature on corporate influence on the New Deal is developed in his discussion of labor policy....Gordon gives us a much better understanding of the complexities of business' relationship with the New Deal." Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, Business History Review

"Gordon's account is well researched and carefully argued....readers will find Gordon's perspective on business, labor, and the New Deal fresh and stimulating..." West Virginia History

"...valuable, synthesizing of the first to delineate clearly changing patterns of business legislative actions during the depression decade. Thoroughly grounded in secondary and primary sources, and including an up-to-date bibliographic essay, this work is especially suitable for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students studying recent American history." Choice

"This is an impressive book. The argument throughout is presented in a cognent, lucid style. The research in new or seldom-used sources and the command of a wide range of business histories is exceptional. The analysis is always provocative....Gordon demands the serious attention of any scholar interested in the New Deal and the history of the 20th century's political economy." David E. Hamilton, Labour/Le Travail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521451222
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/1994
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations Used in Text and Notes
Introduction 1
1 Rethinking the New Deal: The Logic and Limits of the U.S. Political Economy 5
2 Competition and Collective Action: Business Conditions and Business Strategies, 1920-1933 35
3 Workers Organizing Capitalists: Regulatory Unionism in American Industry, 1920-1932 87
4 The Limits of Associationalism: Business Organization and Disorganization, 1920-1935 128
5 The National Recovery Act: The Political Economy of Business Organization, 1933-1935 166
6 The Wagner Act: The Political Economy of Labor Relations, 1933-1937 204
7 The Social Security Act: The Political Economy of Welfare Capitalism, 1920-1935 240
8 New Deal, Old Deck: Business, Labor, and Politics After 1935 280
Bibliographical Essay 307
Manuscript Collections 314
Index 317
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