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

Belated Feudalism : Labor, the Law and Liberal Development in the United States - 92 edition

Belated Feudalism : Labor, the Law and Liberal Development in the United States - 92 edition

ISBN13: 9780521422543

ISBN10: 052142254X

Belated Feudalism : Labor, the Law and Liberal Development in the United States by Karen Orren - ISBN 9780521422543
Edition: 92
Copyright: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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International: No
Belated Feudalism : Labor, the Law and Liberal Development in the United States by Karen Orren - ISBN 9780521422543

ISBN13: 9780521422543

ISBN10: 052142254X

Edition: 92

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Summary

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.