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Capitalist Collective Action : Competition, Cooperation and Conflict in the Coal Industry - John R. Bowman

Capitalist Collective Action

Competition, Cooperation and Conflict in the Coal Industry

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1989
ISBN: 9780521362658
Number Of Pages: 272

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This unique volume presents a theory of capitalist collective action and a case study of the pre-World War II American coal industry to which the theory is applied. The author examines the irony of capitalist firms that do not want to compete with each other, but often cannot avoid doing so. He then explains under what conditions businesses would be able to organize their competition and identifies the economic and political factors that facilitate or inhibit this organization. The case study not only illustrates the theory, but demonstrates how the competitive relations of capitalist firms are critically important determinants of their political behavior.

'John Bowman's Capitalist Collective Action is an extraordinary piece of work that is sure to become the centerpiece in the ongoing discussion of the politics of industrial states. The distinguishing feature of the book is Bowman's hard-nosed and articulate theoretical approach to a major empirical problem.' Professor Russell Hardin, University of Chicago

Preface
Acknowledgments
Economic competition and market organization: the logic of capitalist collective action
Forms of capitalist collective action
3. Price and wage games in the bituminous coal industry
Workers organize capitalists: collective bargaining and market organization, 1880-1914
The coal industry on the defensive, 1916-1922
Labor-capital conflict and the disorganization of the coal market, 1921-1928
From free competition to state intervention
8. Capitalists, workers, and the state
Bibliography
Indexes.
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ISBN: 9780521362658
ISBN-10: 0521362652
Series: Studies in Marxism and Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st November 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57