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England's Great Transformation"Law, Labor, and the Industrial Revolution"$
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Marc W. Steinberg

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226329819

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226330013.001.0001

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(p.160) Chapter Eight Conclusion
England's Great Transformation

Marc W. Steinberg

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion returns first to the specific questions that motivated this study, then briefly addresses the question of class formation that was not the object of this work, and finally turns to some of larger theoretical issues addressed on law, class and institutional analysis. It is possible that the fusion of historical materialism and historical institutionalism offers a new angle for understanding the institutional dynamics of ‘class making’. In his reflections on the comparative-historical analysis of class formation Aristide Zolberg (1986) notes that that there is a recursive relationship between political organization and economic structures, but that it is difficult to disentangle state versus regime effects. In the analysis of the juridical in labor control regimes, this book demonstrates how legal institutions shaped the course of exploitation in different industries and regimes. In a sense this was part of the larger process of the making of the English working class.

Keywords:   class formation, institutional analysis, historical materialism, historical institutionalism, economic structures, labor control, legal institutions, exploitation, English working class

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