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Alternative Tracks : The Constitution of American Industrial Order, 1865-1917 - Gerald Berk

Alternative Tracks

The Constitution of American Industrial Order, 1865-1917

Paperback Published: 30th June 1997
ISBN: 9780801856365
Number Of Pages: 260
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Alternative Tracks provides a novel interpretation of industrialization and political development in the United States. Focusing on the critical case of railroads, Gerald Berk shows that alternative forms of economic organization and governmental regulation existed in the late nineteenth century. Constitutional choices, not technological imperatives or economic interests, determined the outcome in the twentieth century: a centralized industry regulated according to liberal principles of redistribution. Alternative Tracks reveals a nineteenth-century rival to this political economy -- an equally efficient and more democratic system of regional railroads regulated according to republican principles.

A lean but provocative, timely, insightful, and forcefully written challenge to the conventional wisdom about industrial America's political economy. -- Ellis W. Hawley * Review of Politics * [A] model of sophisticated social science history... Berk forcefully rebuts the assumption found in nearly all historical accounts that the railroad structure that developed was inevitable... As effectively as anyone has, he makes a formidable case that it could have been otherwise. -- William Roy * Contemporary Sociology * Berk has offered some powerful questions for future scholars to keep in mind, and no student of railroad history or the history of business can afford to overlook this book. -- Mark Wahlgren Summers * American Historical Review * An ambitious effort to make sense of how the modern American state was fashioned. -- Richard A. Harris * American Political Science Review * Berk's concise volume... provides a reinterpretation along corporate liberal lines of the factors leading to the rise of the great interregional railroad systems in America during latter half of the nineteenth century. -- Paul J. Miranti * Business History Review *

Prefacep. ix
Toward a Constitutive Political Economyp. 1
Corporate Entitlements and National System Building
Corporate Capital Markets Transformedp. 25
Reconstituting Fixed Costsp. 47
Regional Republicanism
Regional Republicanism in Policy: Regulated Competitionp. 75
Regionalism in Economic Practice: The Chicago Great Western Railway, 1883-1908p. 116
The Corporate Liberal Basis of Group Politics
The Predicament of Regulated Monopolyp. 153
Beyond Corporate Liberalismp. 179
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9780801856365
ISBN-10: 0801856361
Series: Johns Hopkins Series in Constituional Thought
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 30th June 1997
Publisher: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.02  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.37