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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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Social Conditions and a Role for Government

Social Conditions and a Role for Government

(p.31) 3 Social Conditions and a Role for Government
Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility

Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Oxford University Press

During the nineteenth century and the first part of the twentieth the situation of individuals was seen as more complicated, as society changed and became more complex and interdependent. Corporations grew in size and impact. The result was greater advocacy of a role for government regulation of business and the economy. Social conditions were recognized as affecting people. These changes created a sense that individuals were not fully autonomous and in control of their fate. Reform groups, worried about moral decay, sought to enforce norms that would encourage better individual character.

Keywords:   growth of corporations, social complexity, less individual autonomy, government regulation, moral decay, urban settings

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