Labour Law as the Law of Economic Subordination and Resistance: A Counterfactual?

15 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012

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Harry W. Arthurs

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: May 11, 2012

Abstract

"Labour law" is a term of relatively recent invention, imprecise meaning, diminishing power and decreasing salience. One way to reflect on the future of labour law is to conduct a thought experiment: to imagine that labour law had never been invented, and that in its place something called "the law of economic subordination and resistance" had developed. Using this historical "counter factual," this essay speculates on how embedding labour law in a larger analysis, and aligning its goals and methods with those required to protect other economically subordinate groups, might benefit not only workers but tenants, mortgagors, consumers, small business owners and others.

Keywords: Labour law

Suggested Citation

Arthurs, Harry W., Labour Law as the Law of Economic Subordination and Resistance: A Counterfactual? (May 11, 2012). Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 10/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2056624 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2056624

Harry W. Arthurs (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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