By Daniel T. Rodgers
Conscious of America's backwardness unlike eu growth, Theodore Roosevelt in 1907 known as his kingdom "The such a lot belated of nations". Princeton historian Daniel Rodgers recounts America's efforts to fix the wear of unbridled capitalism.
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In fact, as skeptics pointed out, the political element was far weaker in both the critical and social democratic readings of social politics than it superficially appeared. By reducing the state to an agency of the class in power, class interpretations of social politics left the political realm without important historical consequence of its own. It was at this juncture that a third cluster of students of the politics of social policy entered the debate, sympathetic to the left's stress on structures but unconvinced of the captivity of the state to the economic interests arrayed around it.
Related- 34 ~ The Atlantic World ness is the core assumption. Where there is only comparison or culturally imagined difference there can be envy or pride in abundance, but there can be no sustained trade in social policy. Neither of these two convergent tendencies was unopposed during the era of Atlantic social politics. Nationalism was a powerful, convulsive force in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century life. The social landscapes of industrial capitalism, for all their common features, were riven with economic disparities.
Even when the shapers of social politics put their faith in direct government action, they were as often to imagine local governments as welfare's key agents as to reserve that role for the nation-state itself. " For most of this period, overtones of employer or state paternalism severely limited the word. The National Civic Federation's Welfare Department occupied itself in the early years of the century with employerprovided factory lunch rooms, rest rooms, personnel bureaus, and safety devices; the contemporary German Central Office for Workers' Welfare Institutions (Centralstelle fur Arbeiterwohlfahrtseinrichtigungen) cultivated precisely the same terrain.
Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age by Daniel T. Rodgers