Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974A Political History$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James Wooten

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242739

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242739.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 02 August 2021

Introduction: “A Minor Miracle”

Introduction: “A Minor Miracle”

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: “A Minor Miracle”
Source:
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
Author(s):

James A. Wooten

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242739.003.0001

On Labor Day, President Gerald Ford signed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The enactment of ERISA presents a political puzzle. The political history of ERISA provides benchmarks for gauging how well current law suits emerging needs and an important counterpoint to the conventional wisdom about policy-making in the United States Congress. ERISA recast the federal government’s role in the private pension system. ERISA reflected a new conceptual framework for pension policymaking—the worker-security theory. Union officials who opposed pension reform used a related argument that stressed the economic constraints on the employment relationship. Jacob Javits’ tactics did not prevent members of Congress from exercising independent judgment in their consideration of pension reform legislation.

Keywords:   Employee Retirement Income Security Act, political history, legislation, policy-making, United States Congress, Jacob Javits, pension reform, federal government

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.