Learning from the New Deal

  title={Learning from the New Deal},
  author={Philip L. Harvey},
  journal={The Review of Black Political Economy},
  • P. Harvey
  • Published 20 January 2012
  • Economics
  • The Review of Black Political Economy
This paper argues that the direct job-creation strategy adopted by the New Deal administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt in programs like the WPA (the “New Deal strategy”) is best understood as an effort to secure what the New Dealers came to regard as a human rights entitlement—the right to work—rather than as an economic policy designed to promote the economy’s recovery from the Great Depression. The paper goes on to argue, though, that in fashioning a policy to secure the right to work, the… 
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