Download e-book for kindle: Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age by Daniel T. Rodgers

By Daniel T. Rodgers

ISBN-10: 0674002016

ISBN-13: 9780674002012

ISBN-10: 0674051319

ISBN-13: 9780674051317

Conscious of America's backwardness unlike eu growth, Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 known as his state "The so much belated of nations". Princeton historian Daniel Rodgers recounts America's efforts to fix the wear of unbridled capitalism.

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These competing national styles in social economy both framed and exaggerated the rivalries at stake. Social politics took shape everywhere as an agglomeration, its elements in still in flux. Even the Germans' paternal state was fissured with contradictory tendencies. Their emphasis on the welfare contributions of the empire notwithstanding, less than 10 percent of the total benefits distributed under the German social insurance laws by 1900 had derived from the empire itself; as for administration, the Germans had farmed it out to a maze of employers' mutuals, trade union funds, and self-governing employer-employee associations only a little less complicated than those of their rival, France.

From the American Revolution into the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the figures of speech that dominated the Atlantic relationship had been, to the contrary, starkly oppositional. Europe was the Old World, the continent of decadence and decay. America was new: the continent of rebirth, site of a new historical dispensation. "We have a new mould for our society, cast on principles different from any tried before," Mark Hopkins of Williams College put the mid-nineteenth-century orthodoxy.

The word G0sta EspingAndersen has invented in another context for them-"de-commodification"-was not in their vocabulary, but it comes closer than the "welfare state" to their core concerns. 32 Around this thread, more than another, they wound the tacit logic of their schemes. The de-commodification thread in social politics distinguishes it from the goals of another group-no less eager than social economy's partisans to employ the economic potential of the state-that saw the state fundamentally as a tool for business's promotion.

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