ABSTRACT

John R. Commons is one of the most significant figures in the development of American economics. One of the founders of the Institutional school, Commons developed theories of the evolution of capitalism and of institutional change which continue to influence modern economics. These volumes collect, for the first time, his major essays and articles.

Acknowledgments, Introduction, 1 THE CHRISTIAN MINISTER AND SOCIOLOGY (1892), 2 PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION (1894), 3 PROGRESSIVE INDIVIDUALISM (1895), 4 POLITICAL ECONOMY AND LAW (1896), 5 NATURAL SELECTION, SOCIAL SELECTION, AND HEREDITY (1897), 6 THE VALUE OF THE STUDY OF POLITICAL ECONOMY TO THE CHRISTIAN MINISTER (1898), 7 THE RIGHT TO WORK (1899),  8 A SOCIOLOGICAL VIEW OF SOVEREIGNTY (1899-1900), 9 DISCUSSION OF THE PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS (1900), 10 REPRESENTATION OF INTERESTS (1900), 11 A NEW WAY OF SETTLING LABOR DISPUTES (1901), 12 REFERENDUM AND INITIATIVE IN CITY GOVERNMENT (1902), 13 THE WISCONSIN PUBLIC-UTILITIES LAW (1907), 14 IS CLASS CONFLICT GROWING AND IS IT INEVITABLE? (1908), 15 TARIFF REVISION AND PROTECTION FOR AMERICAN LABOR (1908), 16 AMERICAN SHOEMAKERS, 1648-1895: A SKETCH OF INDUSTRIAL EVOLUTION (1909), 17 HOW WISCONSIN REGULATES HER PUBLIC UTILITIES (1910), 18 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OF WISCONSIN (1911), 19 CONSTRUCTIVE INVESTIGATION AND THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OF WISCONSIN (1913), 20 ECONOMIC RECONSTRUCTION: FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC INVESTMENTS (1918), 21 THE WEBBS' CONSTITUTION FOR THE SOCIALIST COMMONWEALTH (1921), 22 UNEMPLOYMENT: COMPENSATION AND PREVENTION (1921), 23 WAGE THEORIES AND WAGE POLICIES (1923), VOLUME II, 24 HOBSON'S ECONOMICS OF UNEMPLOYMENT(1923), 25 THE DELIVERED PRICE PRACTICE IN THE STEEL MARKET (1924), 26 LAW AND ECONOMICS (1925), 27 THE PASSING OF SAMUEL GOMPERS (1925), 28 THE STABILIZATION OF PRICES AND BUSINESS (1925), 29 THE TRUE SCOPE OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE (1925), 30 MARX TODAY: CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM (1925), 31 PRICE STABILIZATION AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM (1927), 32 RESERVE BANK CONTROL OF THE GENERAL PRICE LEVEL: A REJOINDER (1927), 33 LEGAL AND ECONOMIC JOB ANALYSIS (with E. W. Morehouse) (1927), 34 INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS (1931), 35 THE PROBLEM OF CORRELATING LAW, ECONOMICS AND ETHICS (1932), 36 THE PLACE OF ECONOMICS IN SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY (1935), 37 INSTITUTIONAL ECONOMICS (1936), 38 CAPACITY TO PRODUCE, CAPACITY TO CONSUME, CAPACITY TO PAY DEBTS (1937), 39 TWENTIETH CENTURY ECONOMICS (1939), 40 LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE REASONING IN ECONOMICS (1942), Index