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The Law of the Labour Market: Industrialization, Employment, and Legal Evolution

Simon Deakin and Frank Wilkinson


The emergence of a ‘labour market’ in industrial societies implies not just greater competition and increased mobility of economic resources, but also the specific form of the work relationship which is described by the idea of wage labour and its legal expression, the contract of employment. This book examines the evolution of the contract of employment in Britain through a close investigation of changes in its juridical form during and since the industrial revolution. The initial conditions of industrialization and the subsequent growth of a particular type of welfare state are shown to have ... More

Keywords: labour market, industrial society, wage labour, industrial revolution, employee, employment model

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198152811
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198152811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Deakin, author
Robert Monks Professor of Corporate Governance, University of Cambridge

Frank Wilkinson, author
Emeritus Reader in Applied Economics, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor, Birkbeck College, University of London