Investigation and Responsibility
Public Responsibility in the United States, 1865-1900
By (author) William R. Brock
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Investigation and Responsibility by William R. Brock
Book DescriptionInvestigation and Responsibility deals with the extension of social responsibility in the American states during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Lord Bryce questioned the reality of American belief in laissez faire, and recent work has reinforced these doubts. Professor Brock makes a substantial contribution to this reassessment, through an examination of the activities of the agencies established at a state level for the regulation of the social environment. Using the evidence provided by the published reports of the state agencies, he argues that these activities were far more extensive then has often been thought, and indicates the ways in which they laid the foundations for modern government activity in the fields of welfare, health, safety, labour law, and economic regulation. By a detailed examination of such agencies as boards of state charities and public health, bureaus of labour statistics, and railroad commissions, Professor Brock places the extension of state responsibility in a new perspective. The book also includes a reassessment of judicial opinion and closes with an examination of the way in which experience in the states influenced the development of national policy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521093491
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William R. Brock
Welfare, Democracy and the New Deal, Paperback (August 2002)
Brock's book raises important questions about American attitudes toward welfare, local government, and national responsibility.
United States 1789-1890, Paperback (October 1976)» View all books by William R. Brock
From this book emerges a very positive statement about the way in which history ought to be studied and written.
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