Claiming Political Space

Shelton Stromquist

in Workers Across the Americas

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199731633
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894420 | DOI:
Claiming Political Space

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This chapter examines the challenge to the elite governance of cities by locally constituted, grassroots political movements across the industrializing world in the 1890s and early 20th century. Activists pursued a well-defined municipal socialist agenda that addressed workers' immediate needs and tangible grievances. In doing so, they contended with the opposition of elite propertied interests, efficiency-minded reformers, and even aspiring parliamentarians in their own labor parties. The local government cases analyzed include Christchurch (New Zealand), Broken Hill (New South Wales, Australia), Manchester (England), Detroit, Toledo, and Cleveland (United States), and as a more contemporary point of reference, Porto Alegre (Brazil).

Keywords: municipal socialism; labor party; local government; elite governance

Chapter.  11648 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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