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Why Is There No Labor Party In The United States

Author : Robin Archer
ISBN : 0691149348
Genre : Political Science
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Why is the United States the only advanced capitalist country with no labor party? This title puts forward an explanation for why there is no American labor party - an explanation that suggests that much of the conventional wisdom about 'American exceptionalism' is untenable.

Revival Why Is There No Socialism In The United States 1976

Author : W Sombart
ISBN : 9781351696586
Genre : Political Science
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Why is the United States the only advanced capitalist country with no labor party? This question is one of the great enduring puzzles of American political development, and it lies at the heart of a fundamental debate about the nature of American society. Tackling this debate head-on, Robin Archer puts forward a new explanation for why there is no American labor party-an explanation that suggests that much of the conventional wisdom about "American exceptionalism" is untenable. Conventional explanations rely on comparison with Europe. Archer challenges these explanations by comparing the United States with its most similar New World counterpart-Australia. This comparison is particularly revealing, not only because the United States and Australia share many fundamental historical, political, and social characteristics, but also because Australian unions established a labor party in the late nineteenth century, just when American unions, against a common backdrop of industrial defeat and depression, came closest to doing something similar. Archer examines each of the factors that could help explain the American outcome, and his systematic comparison yields unexpected conclusions. He argues that prosperity, democracy, liberalism, and racial hostility often promoted the very changes they are said to have obstructed. And he shows that it was not these characteristics that left the United States without a labor party, but, rather, the powerful impact of repression, religion, and political sectarianism.

Report Of The Socialist Labor Party Of The United States Of America

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ISBN : 0656002212
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Excerpt from Report of the Socialist Labor Party of the United States of America: To the International Congress Held in Stuttgart; Aug; 18-25, 1907 This was written in 1852. The giant strides since made by Amer ica, her fabulous production of wealth, rise in manufacture and agri culture that practically place her at the head of all other nations in this respect, in short, the stupendous stage of capitalist devel 0pment that the country has reached, would seem to remove the contrast. It does not. These changes are not enough to draw con elusions as to the stage of Socialism that may be expected. The above passages from Marx explain why, and they indicate what other factors need consideration before a bourgeois republic has left behindit its conservative form of existence and entered upon that po litical revolutionary stage of its life, without which a Socialist Movement can not be expected to gain its steerage way. These factors - the permanent character and, therefore, intellectual con sciousness of the classes, due to the traditions of old having been dissolved through the work of centuries; the maturity of life of material production which, no longer having to appropriate a new world to itself, has the requisite time and opportunity to abolish the illusions of old, etc., - also require consideration and their status ascertained. They are essential to a final and intelligent con elusion. A rough and rapid sketch of the facts that throw light upon these factors will clarify the situation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Radicalism In The States

Author : Richard M. Valelly
ISBN : 0226845354
Genre : History
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Concentrated in states outside the Northeast and the South, state-level third-party radical politics has been more widespread than many realize. In the 1920s and 1930s, American political organizations strong enough to mount state-wide campaigns, and often capable of electing governors and members of Congress, emerged not only in Minnesota but in Wisconsin and Washington, in Oklahoma and Idaho, and in several other states. Richard M. Valelly treats in detail the political economy of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party (1918-1944), the most successful radical, state-level party in American history. With the aid of numerous interviews of surviving organizers and participants in the party's existence, Valelly recreates the party's rise to power and subsequent decline, seeking answers to some broad, developmental questions. Why did this type of politics arise, and why did it collapse when it did? What does the party's history tell us about national political change? The answers lie, Valelly argues, in America's transition from the political economy of the 1920s to the New Deal. Combining case study and comparative state politics, he reexamines America's political economy prior to the New Deal and the scope and ironies of the New Deal's reorganization of American politics. The results compellingly support his argument that the federal government's increasing intervention in the economy profoundly transformed state politics. The interplay between national economy policy-making and federalism eventually reshaped the dynamics of interest-group politics and closed off the future of "state-level radicalism." The strength of this argument is highlighted by Valelly's cross-national comparison with Canadian politics. In vivid contrast to the fate of American movements, "province level radicalism" thrived in the Canadian political environment. In the course of analyzing one of the "supressed alternatives" of American politics, Valelly illuminates the influence of the national political economy on American political development. Radicalism in the States will interest students of economic protest, of national policy-making, of interest-group politics and party politics.

History Of Labour In The United States

Author : John Rogers Commons
ISBN : 1893122743
Genre : History
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Rethinking U S Labor History

Author : Donna T. Haverty-Stacke
ISBN : 9781441145758
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For A Labor Party

Author : John Pepper
ISBN : UOM:39015073451984
Genre : Labor movement
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America And The British Labour Party

Author : Peter Jones
ISBN : 1860641067
Genre : Political Science
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Anglo-American relations have long been discussed in terms of there being a "special relationship" between the two countries. Peter Jones examines this relationship since 1945 with regard to the functioning of the Labour Party. Since the end of World War II, some elements in the British Labour Party were ideologically opposed to a special relationship. A leading question now is whether Labour's anti-Americanism of the 1980's will be submerged by New Labour? This work examines the policies of Labour governments, the points of agreement and difference since 1945 between party leaders, activists, workers and supporters, and looks at the future policies the Labour government might pursue in relation to the United States.

Labor Parties In Postindustrial Societies

Author : Frances Fox Piven
ISBN : 0195209273
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The political landscape created by industrialization in the first half of the twentieth century has become increasingly unstable as the industrial labor force contracts, eroding support for labor parties on a global scale. This volume examines challenges faced by labor in the West over the last decade, through a comparative study of labor-based political parties in the United States, England, France, West Germany, Sweden, Israel and Canada. The contributors, internationally-recognized sociologists and political scientists, examine factors contributing to the growth, maintenance or decline of these parties, while Piven offers a comprehensive overview of labor politics and shows how the history of labor parties in other countries helps make sense of the postwar history of the Democratic party in the U.S.

American Exceptionalism

Author : Rick Halpern
ISBN : 9781349255849
Genre : History
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The idea that American historical development is different from that of other nations is an old one, yet it shows no sign of losing its emotive power. 'Exceptionalism' continues to excite, beguile, and frustrate students of the American past. The essays in this volume explore the ways in which the process of class formation in the United States can be said to be distinctive. Focusing upon the impact of liberal political thought, race and immigration, and the role of the war-time state, they challenge particularist and nation-centred modes of explanation. Comparing American historical development with Italian, South African, and Australian examples, the essays reinvigorate a tired debate.

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