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Progressive Business: An Intellectual History of the Role of Business in American Society

Christian Christiansen


This book is a history of ideas about progressive business. Against the conventional view that such ideas are fairly new, the book traces their history in three defining periods of US history: the late nineteenth century and its paternalistic spirit of capitalism, the New Deal era and its managerialist spirit of capitalism, and the recent era of globalization and its entrepreneurial spirit of capitalism. Progressive business has been offered as an alternative way of handling the manifold risks of industrial modernity. Ideas of progressive business have served multiple purposes: bolstering the ... More

Keywords: progressive business, spirit of capitalism, twentieth century, nineteenth century, American history, intellectual history, New Deal, business ethics, business ideology, Karl Polanyi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christian Christiansen, author
Institute for Culture and Society, Aarhus University