National Labor Regimes: The EC in Class Context
How could the historian contribute to the voluminous literature on the EC whose models and paradigms came from American political science? There were several good internal narratives (e.g. Dinan, 1994) and one that placed it in the global context of the triumph of markets over national regulation and control (Gillingham, 2003). Like Hegel’s owl of Minerva the historian takes flight at dusk post-festum after the dust has settled and clashes of the day have been resolved but like Marx in his more engaged work he or she must remember the heat of the day, its conflicts and the roads not taken (cf. Moss, 2003a). To the models of the political scientist he can add richness of context, the salience of the event or personality, uncover long-term trends and wider patterns, the sequencing, hierarchy, and articulation of causes, and perhaps the underlying structural causation of it all (Carr, 1961; cf. Moravcsik, ch. 1, 1998a).
KeywordsDust Depression Europe Income Coherence
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