Business and Social Reform in the Thirties

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James Lorimer & Company, Jan 1, 1979 - Business & Economics - 244 pages
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This book challenges the commonly accepted view that governments enacted social reforms in the 1930s in response to demands for more equitable redistribution of wealth in a time of trouble, robbing from the rich to give to the poor.

Alvin Finkel demonstrates conclusively that Canadian big business was overwhelmingly in favour of more state intervention during the Thirties in the economic and social sphere. Private enterprise in Canada has always depended on government aid--capital grants, high tariffs, the repression of organized labour--and in the 1930s, the corporations' need for help was more acute than ever before. They realized that the capitalist system could not survive without legislated structural reforms that would provide safeguards for private investment and profit under the guise of social welfare.

Examining the emergence of an unprecedented intertwining of business and government mangement during the Depression, Business and Social Reform in the Thirties analyzes an inordinant concentration of power that remains with us today.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Combines Legislation
27
Natural Products Marketing Boards
43
The Canadian Wheat Board
58
Social Insurance
81
The Construction Industry 700
100
The Bank of Canada 777
116
DominionProvincial Relations
136
The Radical Alternatives
154
Business and the Reform Process 767
167
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ALVIN FINKEL is a professor of history at Athabasca University. He is the author of Business and Social Reform in the Thirties, The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta, and A History of Canadian Peoples.

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