The Corporatist Character of Bismarck's Social Policy

  title={The Corporatist Character of Bismarck's Social Policy},
  author={Philip Paur},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  pages={427 - 460}
  • Philip Paur
  • Published 1 October 1981
  • History
  • European History Quarterly
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32-5, for a résumé of Bismarck's views on this question. See also Peter Simon, Bismarcks Kampf gegen eine Mediatisierung des Staates durch die Sozialpolitik
  • 1935
65. Marzisch, op. cit., 49. This step followed administrative measures to revive the guilds in Prussia and Bavaria in 1879. 66. Heinrich Pesch
  • Lehrbuch der Nationalokonomie
Cited in Elmer Roberts
  • The Social Policy of Bismarck (London 1912)
Bismarcks Plan eines Volkswirtschaftsrates (Heidelberg 1919)
  • Ibid.,
  • 1972
The accuracy of this observation is borne out by the report of the Essen Chamber of Commerce in 1889, which deplored the lack of attention paid to the relationship between employer and employee
  • See W. M. Simon, Germany in the Age of Bismarck (London
  • 1968
28 (footnote). 47. Ibid., 31-3. 48. Cf. ibid., 29-30. 49. Letter to the Emperor William I
    Der rheinisch-westfalische Unternehmer 1834-1979 (Cologne 1962
      Der volkswirtschaftliche Senat (Berlin 1879), 4-5. For the judgement of a later critic, see Karl Thieme, ’Bismarcks Sozialpolitik
      • Ibid.,
      • 1927