Labour Law as the Law of Economic Subordination and Resistance: A Counterfactual?
15 Pages Posted: 12 May 2012
Date Written: May 11, 2012
"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
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