Forging Rivals : Race, Class, Law, and the Collapse of Postwar Liberalism Hardback
Part of the Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society series
The three decades after the end of World War II saw the rise and fall of a particular version of liberalism in which the state committed itself to promoting a modest form of economic egalitarianism while simultaneously embracing ethnic, racial, and religious pluralism.
But by the mid-1970s, postwar liberalism was in a shambles: while its commitment to pluralism remained, its economic policies had been abandoned, and the Democratic Party, its primary political vehicle, was collapsing.
Schiller attributes this demise to the legal architecture of postwar liberalism, arguing that postwar liberalism's goals of advancing economic egalitarianism and promoting pluralism ultimately conflicted with each other.
Through the use of specific historical examples, Schiller demonstrates that postwar liberalism was riddled with legal and institutional contradictions that undermined progressive politics in the mid-twentieth-century United States.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 355 pages, 9 Halftones, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 23/03/2015
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9781107012264
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