A Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers' by Price V. Fishback, Shawn Everett Kantor

By Price V. Fishback, Shawn Everett Kantor

Employees' repayment used to be arguably the 1st frequent social assurance software within the usa and the main winning kind of hard work laws to emerge from the early revolutionary stream. followed in such a lot states among 1910 and 1920, employees' reimbursement legislation were paving visible because the means for social protection, Medicare, unemployment assurance, and at last the extensive community of social welfare courses we've today.In this hugely unique and persuasive paintings, expense V. Fishback and Shawn Everett Kantor problem frequent ancient perceptions, arguing that, instead of being an early innovative victory, employees' reimbursement succeeded simply because all correct parties—labor and administration, insurance firms, attorneys, and legislators—benefited from the laws. Thorough, rigorous, and convincing, A Prelude to the Welfare nation: The Origins of staff' reimbursement is an enormous reappraisal of the motives and outcomes of a stream that eventually reworked the character of social coverage and the yankee place of work.

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Legal fees, court costs, and long delays in reaching a final decision gave employers and workers an incentive to avoid the court system and these costs potentially were high enough to distort how the tort doctrines influenced the pattern of accident compensation. To examine this question more carefully requires the collection of a complete or random sample from the universe of workplace accidents from a specific time and place. Then an analysis can be conducted on how injured workers were compensated, if at all, from court awards or out-ofcourt settlements.

A steeplejack, for example, who tripped and fell off of a steeple would likely not have received compensation from his Compensation for Accidents before Workers' Compensation 31 employer because the steeplejack knew and accepted the risks associated with his line of work. The fellow servant doctrine meant that an injured worker was not compensated if the actions of another worker caused the accident. A miner was not likely to be compensated by an employer under the negligence system if a coworker's failure to correctly prop a roof caused injury in a roof fall.

Unions, therefore, lobbied vigorously for the replacement of private insurers with state insurance. For their part, insurance companies saw state insurance as an encroachment on their private enterprise and feared the government's further expansion into other forms of insurance. The result was a series of intense disagreements in state legislatures around the country. In chapter 6 we report the results of a quantitative analysis of state legislatures' decisions on the state insurance debate. Further, we conduct detailed case studies of the political debate in Minnesota, Ohio, and Washington.

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