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Collective Action and the Threat to Free Enterprise

Tula A. Connell

in Conservative Counterrevolution

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780252039904
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252098062 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252039904.003.0007
Collective Action and the Threat to Free Enterprise

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This chapter underlines the role of anti-unionism in challenges to the New Deal consensus, further highlighting the influence of economic conservatism in the immediate postwar years. New Deal-era laws increased workers' ability to form unions and set a minimum wage for many workers, fueling an economic prosperity that by the 1950s had created the century's narrowest income gap between the wealthy and middle-income workers. Corporate and conservative interests had challenged these laws from the start, and many emerged from World War II motivated by a renewed determination to slow labor's growing momentum and return workplace economics to the private sector.

Keywords: anti-unionism; economic conservatism; New Deal era; workplace economics; collective action; free enterprise; postwar years

Chapter.  8862 words. 

Subjects: Political History

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