From Warfare to Welfare

Business-Government Relations in the Aluminium Industry

Edited by: Hans Otto Froland, Mats Ingulstad

The rapid growth of the aluminium (or aluminum) industry during the last hundred years reflects the status of aluminium as the quintessentially modern metal. Given its impact on every facet of modern life, its aptitude for academic analysis is only rivaled by the versatility of the metal in industrial application. In the 19th century, aluminium was the source of luxury goods for the rich few, but during World War I, it was subjected to strategic considerations by belligerent states, becoming a warfare metal. It remained a military-strategic metal well into the 1950s before it regained a position as a metal for civilian consumption, this time for the masses. From Warfare to Welfare takes a historical approach, informed by an institutionalist perspective, to elucidate the political economy of the aluminium industry in the 20th century. The book is structured as a series of analyses of the interactions between the state and the corporations in different countries. By looking at business-government relationships, the book provides a better grasp on the linkages between the aluminium industry and the two key features of the history of the 20th century: the rise of the industrial warfare state and its subsequent replacement by the welfare state. (Series: ROSTRA Books Trondheim Studies in History - No. 9)

278 pages

Publication Date: 9/20/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788232100491