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The State, the Unions, and the Critical Synthesis in Labor Law History: A 25-Year Retrospect


Christopher L. Tomlins


University of California, Irvine School of Law

October 15, 2013

Labor History, Vol.54, No.2, pp.208-221, 2013
UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-143

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This article responds to Jean-Christian Vinel’s assessment of the ‘critical synthesis’ whose proponents created labor law history as a new and flourishing field of scholarship in the decade after 1978. Vinel accords my book, The State and the Unions (1985) a key role in the development of this new field. Here, I situate my book in relation to the critical synthesis, and assess the capacity of critical legal scholarship to address the current parlous state of the U.S. labor movement. I look to current labor historians to engage with and build on the work that the labor law historians undertook.

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Date posted: October 16, 2013 ; Last revised: October 18, 2013

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Tomlins, Christopher L., The State, the Unions, and the Critical Synthesis in Labor Law History: A 25-Year Retrospect (October 15, 2013). Labor History, Vol.54, No.2, pp.208-221, 2013; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-143. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2340686

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