A Worker's Economist: John R. Commons and His Legacy from by John Dennis Chasse

By John Dennis Chasse

John R. Commons is without doubt one of the few reformers of the prior century whose significant works are nonetheless actively learn, whose principles are nonetheless debated, and whose ideas are nonetheless utilized to the research of up to date difficulties. His lifestyles spanned the years of America’s “Great Transformation,” from a state of shopkeepers, farmers, and small cities to 1 of huge enterprises, landless employees, and crowded towns. He turned taken with nearly each element of America’s reaction to the dangerous unwanted effects of that transformation.


A Worker’s Economist starts off with John Commons’ adolescence and schooling and keeps via his lifestyles as a pupil, instructor, administrator, and reformer. Commons’ checklist of accomplishments are nice in quantity and total impression. He labored at the employees of the 1st govt fee to enquire the commercial and social effects of company mergers. He served as a public consultant at the fee that investigated business violence and place of work kin. He used to be a player observer in America’s biggest and so much historical mineworkers’ strike. He wrote and administered the nation’s first constitutional employee repayment legislation. He built rules of social reform and public management that his scholars carried into the layout and management of the Social protection method in addition to Lyndon B. Johnson’s warfare on Poverty.


John Dennis Chasse reports Commons’ significant works, describes the folk with whom he labored, and follows the fortunes of the unions that have been intrinsic to his imaginative and prescient of “collective democracy.” As a last testomony to Commons’ value, Chasse considers his legacy because it endures within the paintings of his scholars and beyond.

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