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The Contract of Employment$
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Mark Freedland, Alan Bogg, David Cabrelli, Hugh Collins, Nicola Countouris, A.C.L. Davies, Simon Deakin, and Jeremias Prassl

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783169.001.0001

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General Introduction—Aims, Rationale, and Methodology

General Introduction—Aims, Rationale, and Methodology

(p.3) 1 General Introduction—Aims, Rationale, and Methodology
The Contract of Employment

Mark Freedland

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the aim of the work, that of effecting a critical re-analysis of the English law of the contract of employment in a multi-authored but closely co-ordinated treatise. It depicts a rationale for so doing, namely that the law of the contract of employment is central to labour law, but in a way which seems perpetually problematical. It then proposes a methodology for the work, developed by considering the institutional basis of the law of the contract of employment, depicting the contract of employment as lying in a conceptual domain between agreement and regulation, offering to provide a normative reconstruction of the law of the contract of employment, introducing the doctrinal analysis of the law of the contract of employment, and finally explaining the division of the work into a general and a specific part and illustrating the way in which this division will operate.

Keywords:   aims, rationale, methodology, institutional basis, agreement, regulation

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