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Investigation and responsibility : public responsibility in the United States, 1865-1900 /
William R. Brock.
imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
description
viii, 280 p.
ISBN
0521258979
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1984.
isbn
0521258979
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
71163
 
Bibliography: p. 263-272.
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Investigation 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.
Main Description
Investigation 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.
Table of Contents
Preface
Public responsibility
Theory and practice
Public responsibility and the law
The charities of the State
The boards of public health
The bureaus of labour statistics
The railroad commissions
Toward the future
Appendices
Essay on sources and historiography
Bibliography
Index
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