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This book provides an innovative interpretation of industrialization and statebuilding in the United States. Whereas most scholars cast the politics of industrialization in the progressive era as a narrow choice between breaking up and regulating the large corporation, Berk reveals a third way: regulated competition. In this framework, the government steered economic development away from concentrated power by channeling competition from predation to improvements in products and production processes. Louis Brandeis conceptualized regulated competition and introduced it into public debate. Political entrepreneurs in Congress enacted many of Brandeis's proposals into law. The Federal Trade Commission enlisted business and professional associations to make it workable. The commercial printing industry showed how it could succeed. And 30 percent of manufacturing industries used it to improve economic performance. In order to make sense of regulated competition, Berk provides a new theory of institutions he calls "creative syncretism," which stresses the recombinability of institutional parts and the creativity of actors.
Table of Contents
Brandies and the Theory of Regulated Competition
Republican experimentalism and regulated competition
Learning from railroad regulation
The origins of an ambiguous Federal Trade Commission
Regulated Competition in Practice
Cultivational governance at the Federal Trade Commission
Deliberative polyarchy and developmental associations
From collective action to collaborative learning: developmental association in commercial printing
Regulated Competition Contested
The politics of accountability
Industries and number of associations with at least substantial involvement in developmental association, by industry group
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