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Escape from the Market: Negotiating Work in Lancashire
     

Escape from the Market: Negotiating Work in Lancashire

by Michael Huberman
 

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This book questions the conventional wisdom that in the heyday of laisez-faire capitalism wages were set by thorough going competition. Drawing on the experience of a key group of workers during industrialisation, this book shows that even in the absence of trade unions, minimum wage legislation or unemployment insurance, wages do not always move with changes in the

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This book questions the conventional wisdom that in the heyday of laisez-faire capitalism wages were set by thorough going competition. Drawing on the experience of a key group of workers during industrialisation, this book shows that even in the absence of trade unions, minimum wage legislation or unemployment insurance, wages do not always move with changes in the demand for and supply of labour. Workers and firms have good reasons to fix wages independently of market fluctuations.

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"In Escape From the Market, Michael Huberman brings together a great deal of the recent economic literature on labor markets and combines it with recent work on the social history of the Lancaster textile industry." Susan Wolcott, H-Net Reviews

"Michael Huberman refines and elaborates upon his previous research on work relationships in early Victorian Lancashire. He elegantly combines history, economic history, economic theory, and institutional analysis to provide a view of work arrangements in cotton textile manufacturing that is more rich and complex than other writers have achieved. The sophistication and objectivity of his analysis provide a model for scholars." L. Lynne Kiesling, Jrnl of Eco Hist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521142663
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/10/2010
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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