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

By John Dennis Chasse

John R. Commons is among 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 latest difficulties. His existence spanned the years of America’s “Great Transformation,” from a country of shopkeepers, farmers, and small cities to 1 of huge agencies, landless workers, and crowded towns. He grew to become considering virtually each point of America’s reaction to the harmful unwanted effects of that transformation.


A Worker’s Economist starts off with John Commons’ formative years and schooling and keeps via his lifestyles as a student, instructor, administrator, and reformer. Commons’ record of accomplishments are nice in quantity and total impression. He labored at the employees of the 1st executive 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 office kinfolk. He was once a player observer in America’s greatest and such a lot ancient mineworkers’ strike. He wrote and administered the nation’s first constitutional employee repayment legislation. He built ideas of social reform and public management that his scholars carried into the layout and management of the Social safety approach in addition to Lyndon B. Johnson’s struggle on Poverty.


John Dennis Chasse reports Commons’ significant works, describes the folks 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’ significance, Chasse considers his legacy because it endures within the paintings of his scholars and beyond.

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