Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Citizenship and Public Affairs
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
American Politics | Comparative Politics | Other Political Science | Political Science
Several questions about the minimum wage have not been answered adequately by scholars. The wage’s origins, its reasons for federal passage, the roots of its decline, and its future prospects are all up for debate in the current literature. This paper weighs in on these questions, hoping to improve the debate surrounding them. In the process, the importance of linking the wage to citizenship becomes clear. As the political thought of the issue has moved away from conceiving of minimum wages as tools for reaffirming the status of low wage workers, support for the wage, and its monetary value, has declined. The need for a more responsible scholarship about the minimum wage, one without ideologically biased preconceptions, is also addressed.
Hackman, Thomas P., "The Federal Minimum Wage, Political Thought and Citizenship" (2008). Honors Capstone Projects - All. 537.
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