- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674257480
- ISBN-13: 978-0674257481
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,923,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Enterprise and American Law, 1836-1937 1St Edition Edition
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What an exciting book! It is bold, it is intellectually daring, it is astonishingly original. It is also very well written. I predict that it will become an important piece of intellectual-legal history and will frame the historical debate about many of the subjects covered for years to come... No one who knows legal history as well as Hovenkamp does has ever remotely attained a simultaneous level of sophistication about the history of economic theory. The juxtaposition of the two produces an incredibly integrated and powerful picture of the sources of legal ideas about the corporation, monopoly and the railroad problems and regulation.
--Morton J. Horwitz (Harvard Law School)
The text has strength both in its general and in its specific character. The general theme is important for the history of key elements of U.S. public policy toward the economy through a century of headlong growth and turbulence. The central concern of the text is to identify what are at least similarities and may be cause-effect interplay between what political economists wrote and what official policy makers did. In pursuing this general theme the text offers many illuminating or provocative insights.
--Willard Hurst (University of Wisconsin Law School)
About the Author
Herbert Hovenkamp is Ben V. and Dorothy Willie Professor of Law and History, University of Iowa College of Law.
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At a minimum, it's possible to get a sound grasp on slippery topics outside of legal wonkery, even if you just chase the highlights of the book. For instance, why it would be reasonable to regard early 19th century opposition to government intervention as "anti-big business" as opposed to the way you might think of it in the late 19th or early 20th, or why the limits to collective bargaining were well understood by the 1930s and guided evidence-based policy as a result, or why corporate personhood is not the novelty that recent headlines would have suggested (which of course doesn't mean that the boundaries around the concept haven't shifted considerably).