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Political Economies of Change in Preindustrial Europe

‘Commerce and manufactures gradually introduced order and good government,’ wrote Adam Smith in his Wealth of Nations, ‘and with them, the liberty and security of individuals.’ However, Philipp Rössner shows how, when looked at in the face of history, it has usually been the other way around.

This book follows the development of capitalism from the Middle Ages through the industrial revolution to modern day, casting new light on the areas where pre-modern political economies of growth and development made a difference. It shows how order and governance provided the foundation for prosperity, growth and the wealth of nations.

Written for scholars and students of economic history, this is a pioneering new study that debunks the neoliberal origin myth of how capitalism came into the world.

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Historical Perspectives: 1200–2000

This ambitious collection follows the evolution of capitalism from its origins in 13th-century European towns to its 16th-century expansion into Asia, Africa and South America and on to the global capitalism of modern day.

Written by distinguished historians and social scientists, the chapters examine capitalism and its critics and the level of variation and convergence in its operation across locations. The authors illuminate the aspects of capitalism that have encouraged, but also limited, social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Covering times, places and topics that have often been overlooked in the existing literature, this important contribution to the field of economic history charts the most comprehensive chronology of capitalism to date.

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Developed through Crises

This book traces the economic ideology of the UK Labour Party from its origins to the current day. Through its analysis, the book emphasises key crises, including the 1926 general strike, the 1931 Great Depression, the 1979 Winter of Discontent and the 2007 economic crisis.

In analysing this history, the ideology of the Labour Party is examined through four core themes:

  • the party’s definition of socialism;

  • the role of the state in economic decision making;

  • the party’s understanding of inequalities;

  • its relationship with external groups, such as the Fabian Society and the trade union movement.

The result is a systematic exploration of the drivers and key ideas behind the Labour Party’s economic ideology. In demonstrating how crises have affected the party’s economic policy, the book presents a historical analysis of the party’s evolution since its formation and offers insights into how future changes may occur.

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,000 of the Wesleyan Methodists’ Centenary Fund of 1839–44 (which raised £229,944) came from the north-west of England, and of the 59 donors giving over £200 each, 22 were textile manufacturers or merchants ( Jeremy, 2020 : 143, 148). A question then arises about what can explain this close relationship between Nonconformists and industrial capitalism in 18th–19th-century Britain, considering they were such a tiny proportion of the population ( Table 7.4 ). General and particular explanations have been advanced. Common to all Nonconformists were the disabilities

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of 1918 (codifies the rights of federal employees to join labor unions and bargain collectively) 3. Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (deals with the minimum wage and mandatory overtime for employees who work more than 40 hours a week) 4. Americans ivith Disabilities Act of 1990 (prohibits workplace discrimination against disabled people) 5. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1910 (sets safety regulations for workplaces) 6. Age Discrimination and Employment Act of 1961 (prohibits workplace discrimination against people ages 40 and over) 7. Worker

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familiari) or tax based (detrazioni) paid to workers for their spouse and children; - unemployment transfers, divided in 'special lay-off pay fund' (Cassa In- tegrazione Guadagni) called CIG, and mobility allowance, which may be requested by firms with more than 10 employees on behalf of their workers instead of laying workers off, and the ordinary individual un- employment benefit which is very low; - pensions, with the exception of the 'basic non contributory pensions', are strictly work-based. They are paid either to people who cannot work (disability pensions

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% or more persons with a disability. 2 Adam J. Hoffer and Russell S. Sobel 186 State Preference policy Empirical category Arizona Small Business preference: $1,000 – $25,000 0 Arkansas A 15% preference against out-of-state prison industry bids. 0 California 5% for small business (goods, services, construction and IT) and non-small business subcontractors. The maximum preference is $50,000 and when combined with other preferences, the preference total cannot exceed $100,000. Target Area Contract Preference Act (TACPA) (applies to goods and IT only): 5% of the

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. The subcommittee on social security has jurisdiction over retirement, survivors, and disability programs as well as employment taxes. Finally, there is also the subcommittee on trade, which has jurisdiction over tariff and import fee structure, including classification, valuation of, and special rules applying to imports and exports. In addition to these specific subcommittees, there are also two subcommittees that are more general. The subcommittee on select revenue matters has jurisdiction over things that the Chairman of the committee decides to give them

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- tract from behind a veil of ignorance, where people have no knowledge of their own characteristics, such as race, gender, wealth, intelligence, and other abilities (or disabilities). Buchanan envisions a hypothetical renegotiation of the social contract from a position of anarchy, with the idea that current in- 25 For a dissenting view, see Yeager [1985]. While the social contract theory suggests implicit rather than actual agreement with a social contract, Berman [1983] notes that when medieval towns were formed from around 1050-1150, it was common for all

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talents and disabilities (the so-called 'envy test', combined with a collective obliga- tion to compensate for natural inequalities, in Dworkin). Nevertheless, such conceptual refinements remain firmly entrenched inside the logical frame- work of a social justice conceived in terms of distributive equality. Egalitar- ian conceptions of social justice are in principle perfectly defensible both in logic and in practice. But this is not my point. My point is that to regard the problem of social justice conceived in terms of distributive equality, howev- er defined, as

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