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Labour Legislation and Public Policy: A Contemporary History - Clarendon Law Series (Hardback)
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Labour Legislation and Public Policy: A Contemporary History - Clarendon Law Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 728 Pages / Published: 15/07/1993
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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 law can 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 the Thatcher 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198760603
Number of pages: 728
Weight: 1 g
Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`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

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