Capitalist Collective Action: Competition, Cooperation and Conflict in the Coal Industry

Capitalist Collective Action: Competition, Cooperation and Conflict in the Coal Industry

by John R. Bowman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521362652

ISBN-13: 9780521362658

Pub. Date: 11/01/1989

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This unique volume presents a theory of capitalist collective action and a case study of the pre-World War II American coal industry to which the theory is applied. The author examines the irony of capitalist firms that do not want to compete with each other, but often cannot avoid doing so. He then explains under what conditions businesses would be able to organize…  See more details below

Overview

This unique volume presents a theory of capitalist collective action and a case study of the pre-World War II American coal industry to which the theory is applied. The author examines the irony of capitalist firms that do not want to compete with each other, but often cannot avoid doing so. He then explains under what conditions businesses would be able to organize their competition and identifies the economic and political factors that facilitate or inhibit this organization. The case study not only illustrates the theory, but demonstrates how the competitive relations of capitalist firms are critically important determinants of their political behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521362658
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1989
Series:
Studies in Marxism and Social Theory Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Part 1: 1. Economic competition and market organization: the logic of capitalist collective action; 2. Forms of capitalist collective action; Part II: 3. Price and wage games in the bituminous coal industry; 4. Workers organize capitalists: collective bargaining and market organization, 1880–1914; 5. The coal industry on the defensive, 1916–22; 6. Labor-capital conflict and the disorganization of the coal market, 1921–8; 7. From free competition to state intervention; Part III: 8. Capitalists, workers, and the state; Bibliography; Indexes.

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