Labour Legislation and Public Policy: A Contemporary History

Hardcover | February 1, 1993

byPaul Davies, Mark Freedland

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In this path-breaking work, the authors seek to offer students a fresh way of looking at modern labour law. By taking as their starting point the idea that labour law, having once been governed by common law rules, is now overwhelmingly regulated by statute, the authors show that labour lawcan only be studied properly by understanding the legislation behind it.They then proceed to lead the student to an understanding of how and why the legislation came to be enacted. They therefore examine, in chronological order, the history and political context of every major piece of labour legislation from 1945 up to and including the momentous changes of theThatcher years. Guiding the reader through four and a half decades of almost continuous legislative activity, the authors successfully demonstrate how the law was created and why it looks as it does today. No other textbook on this subject takes this approach.

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In this path-breaking work, the authors seek to offer students a fresh way of looking at modern labour law. By taking as their starting point the idea that labour law, having once been governed by common law rules, is now overwhelmingly regulated by statute, the authors show that labour lawcan only be studied properly by understanding ...

Paul Davies and Mark Freedland co-wrote Labour Law: Cases and Materials (Weidenfeld and Nicolson - second edition 1980) which was very highly respected and became the standard teaching text until it became out of date in the mid-1980s. Paul Davies is the editor of Oxford's Industrial Law Journal and Mark Freedland is the author of T...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:728 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:February 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Collective Laissez-faire2. Full Employment and the Post-war Consensus 1945-19513. The Easy Decade 1951-19614. Modernization and Experiments with Planning 1961-19705. Industrial Justice and the Individual Worker 1968-19716. The End of Agreement: Collective Labour Law 1965-19747. The Social Contract 1974-19798. Reducing the Power of Trade Unions 1979-19909. Restructuring the Labour Economy 1979-1990Conclusion - A Post-war Perspective

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`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 andPublic 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