Ideas in action: the politics of Prussian child labor reform, 1817–1839

  title={Ideas in action: the politics of Prussian child labor reform, 1817–1839},
  author={Elisabeth Anderson},
  journal={Theory and Society},
This article explains the political origins of an 1839 law regulating the factory employment of children in Prussia. The article has two aims. First, it seeks to explain why Prussia adopted the particular law that it did. Existing historical explanations of this particular policy change are not correct, largely because they fail to take into account the actual motivations and intentions of key reformers. Second, the article contributes to theories of the role of ideas in public policymaking… 
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