By Professor Mark Hendrickson
As soon as considered as a special period characterised via severe bigotry, nostalgia for easier occasions, and a revulsion opposed to energetic executive, the Twenties were rediscovered by way of historians in contemporary many years as a time while Herbert Hoover and his allies labored to seriously reform fiscal coverage. In American exertions and monetary Citizenship, Mark Hendrickson either augments and amends this view by means of learning the origins and improvement of latest period coverage services and data. Policy-oriented social scientists in govt, exchange union, educational, and nonprofit enterprises confirmed how equipment for reaching solid financial progress via elevated productiveness might either defang the scary enterprise cycle and defuse the trend of antagonistic type family that Gilded Age depressions had helped to set as an American method of commercial family. associated by way of rising associations reminiscent of the Social technology study Council, the nationwide city League, and the Women's Bureau, social investigators attacked rampant sexual and racial discrimination, usually justified through unsuitable organic arguments, that denied girl and minority staff complete fiscal citizenship within the office and the polity. those students tested that those practices not just restricted productiveness and undercut improved intake, but in addition belied the claims for equity that needs to buttress coverage visions in a democracy.
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See also Barry Bluestone, “The Inequality Express,” American Prospect 20 (Winter 1995): 82–3. 29 Jacobs, Pocketbook Politics, 53–92. 30 Mary van Kleeck to John Glenn, January 1, 1929, Folder 1591 File, Study Correspondence, Box 103, Mary van Kleeck Papers, Smith College. 14 American Labor and Economic Citizenship securing workers a fair share of productivity gains or negotiating the rocky terrain of corporate governance, the need to satisfy investors concerned with nothing but the bottom line threatened the much-anticipated harmony of interests between employers and employees.
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12 American Labor and Economic Citizenship examine the issue of income inequality, and when they did, as we will see in Chapter 1, they got it wrong, concluding that income inequality had not increased. Though the decade provided a fertile ground for vibrant and influential debates about wage policy and the trajectory of real wages, the economists and economic policy makers who surrounded Hoover devoted remarkably little attention to comparing the modest rise in real wages with the much larger increase in total national product and business profits.