The traditional legal textbooks aim to give students of the law a synoptic overview of the present state of law in a particular area. In doing so, most books offer only a cursory assessment of how the law came to be the way it is and what economic, political and social forces were brought to bear during its evolution. This study seeks to offer students a different kind of text, which takes as its starting point the law as it was in 1945. Guiding the student through four-and-a-half decades of almost continuous legislative activity, Davies and Freedland show how the law was created, and why it looks as it does today. The history explored is from 1945 to 1990, but not including the period since Mr Major succeeded Mrs Thatcher as Prime Minister. Paul Davies is also the editor of the "Industrial Law Journal". Mark Freedland has also written "The Contract of Employment" and "Labour Law, Cases and Materials" (with Paul Davies).
`A magnificent and much-needed text!'
Gillian Morris, Brunel University
`This is a fascinating book about a fascinating subject. Such a work was long overdue, but our wait has been well rewarded. This is an outstanding feat of scholarship. Serious students of labour law will find it indispensable.'
Times Higher Education Supplement
'a genuinely inter-disciplinary study, rooted in original scholarship but focused on felt teaching needs ... It will be of value to students of industrial relations and labour economics, as well as those struggling to become labour lawyers ... Only those who teach for a living, but have time for research, could have written a text-book of this calibre.'
Lord McCarthy, Nuffield College, Industrial Relations Journal 25:1, March 1994
'impressive study ... There is no doubt that in this work Paul Davies and Mark Freedland have made an important and original contribution to the literature both of labour law and the wider subject of the processes by whcih government policies are developed and implemented ... their critique of the whole 45 year period is invariable illuminating and will command wide respect.'
Bob Simpson, London School of Economics, The Law Quarterly Review, Vol. 110, April 1994
`There is no doubt that its intended readership, students of law, politics, sociology and economics, will gain much from the range of insights it provides ... There is no doubt that in this work Paul Davies and Mark Freedland have made an important and original contribution to the literature both of labour law and the wider subject of the processes by which government policies are developed and implemented ... their critique of the whole 45 year period is
invariably illuminating and will command wide respect.'
The Law Quarterly Review
`This is a wonderful work of scholarship, reflecting the rigorous thought and study of many years ... Although valuable as simply a compelling account of governmental labour policy during the period, this book is far more than mere narrative. The authors deploy an inter-disciplinary approach to draw out and examine the various influences which firstly set up, and then gradually destroyed, the model of labour law known as collective laissez-faire ... this
is an admirably short book, given the ground it covers. It is most attractively written, extensively and very usefully noted, and generous in its acknowledgement of other writers and sources. It also
contains that joy to the interested reader - an excellent index for future reference. This reviewer will return to it again and again, as should any student engaged by the history of post-war labour policy.'
Cambridge Law Journal
`impressive book ... Their explanation for transformation ... is elegantly composed and always readable, effectively synthesising legal, political and economic explanations ... Davies and Freedland have written what is by some distance the best book on this subject ... Labour Legislation and Public Policy points the way to a more specialised approach, which does not lose sight of the essential need to relate law to its economic and political context'
Labour History Review
1: Collective Laissez-faire
2: Full Employment and the Post-war Consensus 1945-1951
3: The Easy Decade 1951-1961
4: Modernization and Experiments with Planning 1961-1970
5: Industrial Justice and the Individual Worker 1968-1971
6: The End of Agreement: Collective Labour Law 1965-1974
7: The Social Contract 1974-1979
8: Reducing the Power of Trade Unions 1979-1990
9: Restructuring the Labour Economy 1979-1990
Conclusion - A Post-war Perspective