The Changing Role of the State: Regulating Work Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand 1788-2007
Labour History, No. 95, November 2008
23 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2009 Last revised: 1 Sep 2011
Date Written: 2008
The state has played a conspicuous role in the history of labour in Australia and New Zealand both as a focus for struggles and where the labour movement achieved a degree of influence that garnered the interest of progressives in other countries. The state is a complex institution and its relationship to labour has been equally complex especially when the differential impacts on different groups such as women are considered. The principal aim of this paper is to trace state regulation of work arrangements (not only those pertaining to industrial relations) in both countries over the period of European presence. Although there are significant similarities, a number of differences are identified and we also try to indicate how recent research and debate on the historiography of the state can provide new insights.
Keywords: labour law, history, Australia, New Zealand
JEL Classification: K31, N30
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