Elisabeth Anderson on Agents of Reform

Princeton UP Ideas Podcast | 11 April 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Elisabeth Anderson about her book Agents of Reform: Child Labor and the Origins of the Welfare State. Argues that the modern welfare state emerged out of the passage of child labour laws, rather than the later labour movement and policymakers’ efforts to appeal to working-class voters. Contrasts the advocacy of child labour laws in Germany, France, Belgium, Massachusetts, and Illinois, drawing lessons about how institutional change is effected.

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