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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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Labour Law at the Century’s End: An Identity Crisis?

Labour Law at the Century’s End: An Identity Crisis?

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Labour Law in an Era of Globalization

Massimo D’Antona

Oxford University Press

This chapter is an effort to rethink the fundamentals, called ‘the pillars of identity of labour law’. It assesses the extent to which traditional labour law assumptions and reference points, embodied in the 20th-century ‘constitutionalization’ of labour law, still have purchase in very different social, political, and economic conditions. The chapter appears as an anatomical study of traditional labour law, raising pertinent questions about its adaptability outside the environment in which it evolved. The pillars of identity in labour law include the nation state, large factories, full-time employment, and the general representation of labour through union.

Keywords:   labour lawyers, nation state, large factories, labour union, denationalization

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