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Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer
City University of New York
Political economyIdeologyGilded AgePolitical capitalPolitics
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The Tweed Ring spawned a vibrant financial sector that was integral to its brief success but has never been previously examined. William “Boss” Tweed and his allies employed banks controlled or comanaged by Tammany politicians to embezzle funds, build political alliances, and invest in a wide array of business ventures. The capital of these savings and commercial banks—city money, deposits from Catholic charities, and the savings of immigrant laborers—was accumulated through political channels. ...
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#1Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 2
Departing from Pierre Bourdieu's contention that capital takes on many forms beyond the economic, including a political form, this article examines how commodification patterned nineteenth century American politics. A case study of the Tweed Ring, which briefly governed Gilded Age New York, is reevaluated as a speculative political bubble that produced empirically identifiable political profits. From an election sweep in 1868 to a bank run in 1871, William Tweed gained and lost political power a...
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#1Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer (CUNY: City University of New York)H-Index: 2
In liberal democracies such as the United States, law emerges from a core ritual of the electoral-representation system, the theater of elections. From these cyclical rituals of consent, the "people" (re)discover political voice in embodied agents who ultimately do the work of governing. Lawmaking as a craft, or increasingly as a multibillion-dollar industry (CRP 201Oa, 20 1Ob), is performed by those who must first pass through an arena where political commitments are mediated by a space in whic...
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Arnold Schwarzenegger's electoral triumph in the 2003 California Recall should be explored through an analysis of his mobilization of the Terminator persona. If read as a social text, the Terminator stands out as an ideological “End of Labor” narrative about class violence as the United States shifted to a postindustrial economy. From the Hollywood box office to the California governor's office, Schwarzenegger's Terminator is the quintessential neoliberal Frankenstein, the labor-killing machine....
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