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State Timing of Policy Adoption: Workmen’s Compensation in the United States, 1909-1929

Citation

Pavalko, Eliza K. (1989). State Timing of Policy Adoption: Workmen's Compensation in the United States, 1909-1929. American Journal of Sociology, 95(3), 592-615.

Abstract

Using event-history analysis, this study of workmen's compensation analyzes how fast American state legislators responded to the work-accident problem. States were quicker to adopt legislation when productivity and work-accident litigation were high and when non-agricultural workers outnumbered agricultural ones. Despite the influence of capital and labor in shaping workmen's compensation in other analyses, the speed of state legislation was unaffected by the presence or interests of capital and labor groups. This suggests that the speed of adoption was shaped by a different aspect of capital-labor relations than is seen when studies focus on the activities of specific actors or groups.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/229327

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

American Journal of Sociology

Author(s)

Pavalko, Eliza K.

Year Published

1989

Volume Number

95

Issue Number

3

Pages

592-615

Reference ID

774