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Labor in the Twentieth Century - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122243509, 9781483266121

Labor in the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Editors: John T. Dunlop Walter Galenson
eBook ISBN: 9781483266121
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th December 1978
Page Count: 340
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Labor in the Twentieth Century provides the comparative method of reviewing labor in five advanced democratic countries. This book presents statistical series for employment, unemployment, wages, hours, and labor disputes. Organized into five chapters, this book begins with an overview of the major changes in the characteristics of both workers and their jobs that have occurred since 1990. This text then examines the social, political, and economic environment of Germany. Other chapters consider the factors that have made France exceptional, including the use of foreign manpower, the heavy labor-force participation of women, and the long period of demographic stagnation connected with low birthrates at the beginning of the 19th century. This book discusses as well the scarcity in the labor market, particularly of qualified manpower. The final chapter deals with the Westerner's conceptualization of Japanese industrialist relation. This book is a valuable resource for economists, historians, and social scientists.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


The Worker's Century

Living Standards

Industrial Relations and Political Role

Issues for the Future

1. The United States

The Working Population

Trade Unionism and Collective Bargaining

Wages and Salaries

Labor Legislation

Future Problems and Prospects

2. Great Britain


The Labor Force

Trade Unionism

Employer Organization

Collective Bargaining

The State as Employer

The State as Regulator


Conditions of Work

A Look to the Future

3. The Federal Republic of Germany

The Economic, Social, and Political Environment

The Labor Force

Labor Policies and Industrial Relations

Results of Industrial Relations and Labor Policy

Major Current Problems

4. France


The Active Population and Wage Earners

The Trade Unions

Collective Bargaining

Wages and Working Conditions

The Future of the System of Industrial Relations

5. Japan


Interpreting Japanese Industrial Relations

Historical and Statistical Review of Labor Market and Industrial Relations



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© Academic Press 1978
28th December 1978
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John T. Dunlop

Walter Galenson

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