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Theories of the Labor Movement

Edited by Simeon Larson & Bruce Nissen

Labor Studies

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Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318164
Pages: 408 Size: 7x10

Respecting both the history a labor theories and the variety of theoretical points of view concerning the labor movement, this collection of readings includes selections by Karl Marx, V. I. Lenin, William Haywood, Georges Sorel, Stanley Aronowitz, John R. Commons, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Thorstein Veblen, Henry Simons, and John Kenneth Galbraith, among others.

Intending this as a text for classroom use, Larson and Nissen have arranged the readings according to the social role assigned to the labor movement by each theory. The text's major divisions consider the labor movement as an agent of revolution, as a business institution, as an agent of industrial reform, as a psychological reaction to industrialism, as a moral force, as a destructive monopoly, and as a subordinate mechanism in pluralist industrial society. Such groupings allow for ready comparison of divergent views of the origins, development, and future of the labor movement.

Simeon Larson is professor and chairman of the Department of Labor Studies at Rutgers University.

Bruce Nissen is an assistant professor in the Division of Labor Studies at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana.

Contributors Include:
Stanley Aronowitz, Frank Bechhofer, Melvin K. Bers, Frank Bohn, Neil Chamberlain, John R. Commons, Alan Dawley, John T. Dunlop, John T. Dunlop, Richard T. Ely, Friedrich Engels, Richard B. Freeman, Rose Friedman, Milton Friedman, John Kenneth Galbraith, John H. Goldthorpe, Andre Gorz, Charles A. Gulick, Thomas Taylor Hammond, Frederick H. Harbison, William Haywood, Robert Hoxie, Richard Hyman, Pope John Paul II, Vincent St. John, Clark Kerr, John H. M. Laslett, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, David Lockwood, Lewis Lorwin, A. Lozovsky, Michael Mann, Karl Marx, James L. Medoff, Charles A. Myers, Carleton Parker, Selig Perlman, Orme W. Phelps, Jennifer Platt, Henry Simons, Georges Sorel, Frank Tannenbaum, William Trautmann, Thorstein Veblen, Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb, Pope Pius XI, Pope Leo XIII

From Karl Marx to John Kenneth Galbraith-with Thorstein Veblen and Big Bill Haywood inbetween-there are many theories about the whys and wherefores of labor unions as organizations of working people, and a comprehensive sampling is included in this book . . . [It] is particularly valuable to those who want to trace the philosophic underpinnings of organized labor; the readings are detailed and long enough to provide the full range of discussion. It is also valuable for those unionists who daily face arguments over the value of unions.

– Allied Industrial Worker