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The State and the Unions : Studies in Economic History and Policy - Christopher Tomlins

The State and the Unions

Studies in Economic History and Policy

Paperback Published: 4th November 1985
ISBN: 9780521314527
Number Of Pages: 366

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This book was first published in 1985. The enactment of the Wagner National Labor Relations Act in 1935 gave organized labor what it has regarded ever since as one of its greatest assets: a legislative guarantee of the right of American workers to organize and bargain collectively. Yet while the Wagner Act's guarantees remain substantially unaltered, organized labor in America today is in decline. Addressing this apparent paradox, Tomlins offers an examination of the impact of the National Labor Relations Act on American unions. By studying the intentions of policy makers in the context of the development of labor law from the late nineteenth century, and by looking at the course of labor history since the act's passage, Tomlins shows how public policy has been shaped to confine labor's role in the American economy. If unions want a cure for their contemporary malaise, he concludes, they must recognize that many of their problems stem from the laws which purport to protect them.

Editor's preface
The Legitimacy of the Labor Union: Introduction: 'Labor's ultimatum to the public'
The corporate political economy
Law, labor, and ideology
From conspiracy to collective bargaining
Labor and the Liberal State: Introduction: 'Who bears the business risks'
The New Deal collective bargaining policy
A legal discourse
Utopians and technocrats
'Lie Down Like Good Dogs': Introduction: responsible unionism
The road to Taft-Hartley
The Taft-Hartley Act
The state and the unions
Bibliographical essay
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ISBN: 9780521314527
ISBN-10: 0521314526
Series: Studies in Economic History and Policy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 4th November 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52

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