Corporations, Democracy, and the Historian

John, Richard R.

What is the relationship between the corporation and American democracy? This provocative and timely question informs the ten essays that Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak have assembled in a tightly edited volume that has attracted a good deal of attention from specialists in the history of U.S. public policy. In an age in which the political influence of big business has once again thrust itself onto the political agenda, this collection should also prove to be of great interest to the many historians, legal scholars, and jurists who are trying to understand the long and complex relationship between business, law, and the state.

This is a review of Corporations and American Democracy. Edited by Naomi R. Lamoreaux and William J. Novak. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017. viii + 517 pp. Maps, figures, tables, notes, index. Cloth, $35.00. ISBN: 978-0-674-97228-5.

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