The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law by Ruth DukesThe Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law by Ruth Dukes

The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law

byRuth Dukes

Hardcover | October 29, 2014

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Exploring different approaches to the study of labour law, this book examines different ways of conceiving of the subject and of describing, analysing, and criticizing current legislation and policy in the field. In particular, it assesses the validity of the suggestion that "old ways" ofthinking about the subject have become outdated. Detailed consideration is given to two such old ways: the idea of the labour constitution, developed by Hugo Sinzheimer in the early years of the Weimar Republic, and the principle of collective laissez-faire, elaborated by Otto Kahn-Freund in the1950s. It asks whether, and how, these ideas could be abstracted from the political, economic, and social contexts within which they were developed so that they might still usefully be applied to the study of labour law. The central argument of this book is that the labour constitution can be developed so as to provide an "enduring idea of labour law", and this is constructed against a critique of modern arguments which favour reorienting labour law to align more closely with the functioning of labour markets. Ascompared with the posited "law of the labour market", the labour constitution highlights the inherently political nature of labour laws and institutions, as well as their economic functions. It provides a framework for analysing labour laws, labour markets, and labour market institutions, which doesnot limit the capacity of scholarship in the field to retain its critical edge. It focuses our attentions on important questions, and important fields of enquiry: on questions, not least, of the consequences for workers of the narrowing and disappearance of spaces for democratic deliberation anddemocratic decision-making as markets continue to expand.
Ruth Dukes is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Glasgow. She holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh (LLB), the Humboldt University in Berlin (LLM with distinction), and the London School of Economics (PhD). In 2010, she was awarded the Modern Law Review's Wedderburn Prize for her article "Otto Kahn-Freund and Collec...
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Title:The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 29, 2014Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199601690

ISBN - 13:9780199601691

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Hugo Sinzheimer and the Economic Constitution3. The Labour Constitution in the Nation State: Germany and the Institutionalization of Codetermination4. A Labour Constitution Without the State? Otto Kahn-Freund and Collective Laissez-Faire5. From Collective Laissez-Faire to the Law of the Labour Market6. Labour Constitution of the European Union: The Social Dialogue7. A Plurality of Labour Constitutions?8. Labour Law or the Law of the Labour Market?