The State, the Unions, and the Critical Synthesis in Labor Law History: A 25-Year Retrospect
Labor History, Vol.54, No.2, pp.208-221, 2013
21 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2013 Last revised: 18 Oct 2013
Date Written: October 15, 2013
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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