The Changing Relationship Between Labor and the State in Contemporary Capitalism

TitleThe Changing Relationship Between Labor and the State in Contemporary Capitalism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsHowell, Chris
JournalLaw, Culture and the Humanities
Keywordsindustrial relations, legal regulation, state activism, state power, unionism
Abstract

Over the course of the past quarter century, paralleling the decline of organized labor, there has been a marked increase in the role of the state in the industrial relations of advanced capitalist societies. This has come both in the form of state activism in the reconstruction of institutions, and through the replacement of collective self-regulation by employer and labor organizations with legal regulation. Unsurprisingly, these developments have failed to encourage a renewal of trade union collective power, leaving workers increasingly insecure, dependent upon markets, and vulnerable to the vagaries of state power.

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