Industrial Democracy in America: The Ambiguous Promise

Industrial Democracy in America: The Ambiguous Promise

by Nelson Lichtenstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521431212

ISBN-13: 9780521431217

Pub. Date: 02/26/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Industrial democracy is an old idea that has once again become both in vogue and controversial. Originally deployed as part of a late nineteenth-century radical critique of American capitalism, the language of industrial democracy - of participation, empowerment, flexibility, and teamwork - is now more likely to be found in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and…  See more details below

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Industrial democracy is an old idea that has once again become both in vogue and controversial. Originally deployed as part of a late nineteenth-century radical critique of American capitalism, the language of industrial democracy - of participation, empowerment, flexibility, and teamwork - is now more likely to be found in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and other business publications. This collection, composed of nine original essays by well-known students of industrial America, offers many insights into the ways in which workers, capitalists, unionists, and managers have come to understand and transform the meaning of democracy and consent in American workplaces, both white and blue collar. David Montgomery, Howell Harris, and Joseph McCartin probe the meaning of industrial democracy during the Progressive Era. Ronald Schatz, Nelson Lichtenstein, James Atleson, and David Brody critically rethink the effectiveness of the collective-bargaining mode, which reached its greatest influence between 1935 and 1970. Finally, Sanford Jacoby and Mike Parker assess current problems of industrial governance in a global workplace.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521431217
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/26/1993
Series:
Woodrow Wilson Center Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1Introduction: A century of industrial democracy in America1
2Industrial democracy or democracy in industry?: the theory and practice of the labor movement, 1870-192520
3Industrial democracy and liberal capitalism, 1890-192543
4"An American feeling": workers, managers, and the struggle over industrial democracy in the World War I era67
5From Commons to Dunlop: rethinking the field and theory of industrial relations87
6Great expectations: the promise of industrial jurisprudence and its demise, 1930-1960113
7Wartime labor regulation, the industrial pluralists, and the law of collective bargaining142
8Workplace contractualism in comparative perspective176
9Pacific ties: industrial relations and employment systems in Japan and the United States since 1900206
10Industrial relations myth and shop-floor reality: the "team concept" in the auto industry249
11Epilogue: Toward a new century275
About the authors284
Index287

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