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Labour Law in an Era of GlobalizationTransformative Practices and Possibilities$
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Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl, and Karl Klare

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271818

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.001.0001

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Is There a Third Way in Labour Law?

Is There a Third Way in Labour Law?

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(p.448) (p.449) 23 Is There a Third Way in Labour Law?
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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization
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Hugh Collins

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271818.003.0024

To what extent does globalization challenge the authority and utility of legal activism as a strategy for social transformation? What political purchase does it have if the capacity of the nation-state to bring about political and economic change is seriously eroded? This chapter charts the efforts of the New Labour government in the UK to carve out a ‘third way’ in labour law that avoids the polarized politics and sectionalism of the past. It analyses the limits of a high-profile example of labour law reform while demonstrating how the rejection of old principles can bring forth new opportunities.

Keywords:   New Labour government, UK, labour law, sectionalism, globalization, distributive justice

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