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Governments, Labour, and the Law in Mid-Victorian Britain: The Trade Union Legislation of the 1870s

Mark Curthoys


This is a study of how mid-Victorian Britain and its specialist advisers, in an age of free trade and the minimal state, attempted to create a viable legal framework for trade unions and strikes. It traces the collapse, in the face of judicial interventions, of the regime for collective labour devised by the Liberal Tories in the 1820s, following the repeal of the Combination Acts. The new arrangements enacted in the 1870s allowed collective labour unparalleled freedoms, contended by the newly-founded Trades Union Congress. This book seeks to reinstate the view from government into an account ... More

Keywords: labour law, collective labour, criminal law, trade unions, mid-Victorian Britain, free trade, strikes, free labour, freedom to strike

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268894
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Curthoys, author
Research Editor, New Dictionary of National Biography
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