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The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law

Ruth Dukes


The book aims to contribute to current debates regarding the idea of labour law. In particular, it aims to assess the validity of the suggestion that old ways of thinking about the subject have become outdated. Detailed consideration is given to two such ‘old ways’: the idea of the labour constitution, developed by Hugo Sinzheimer in the early years of the Weimar Republic, and the principle of collective laissez-faire, elaborated by Otto Kahn-Freund in the 1950s. The question is then addressed as to whether and how these ideas could be abstracted from the political, economic, and social contex ... More

Keywords: labour law, labour constitution, Hugo Sinzheimer, Otto Kahn-Freund, collective laissez-faire, trade unions, idea of labour law, labour law scholarship, democracy, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199601691
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601691.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Dukes, author
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Glasgow