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Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law

Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester, and Virginia Mantouvalou


The book is an interdisciplinary investigation by lawyers and philosophers into the philosophical ideas, concepts, and principles that provide the foundation for the field of labour law or employment law. The book addresses doubts that have been expressed about whether a worker-protective labour law is needed at all, what should be regarded as the proper scope of the field in the light of developments such as the integration of work and home life by means of technology, the globalisation of the economy, and the precarious kinds of work that thrive in the gig economy. Paying particular attentio ... More

Keywords: labour law, employment law, philosophy, justice, freedom, subordination, exploitation, workplace democracy, social inclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825272
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Collins, editor
Vinerian Professor of English Law, All Souls College, University of Oxford

Gillian Lester, editor
Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Virginia Mantouvalou, editor
Professor of Human Rights and Labour Law, University College London

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1 Introduction: Does Labour Law Need Philosophical Foundations?

Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester, and Virginia Mantouvalou

Part I Freedom, Dignity, and Human Rights

4 Dignity at Work

Pablo Gilabert*

6 Civic Republican Political Theory and Labour Law

David Cabrelli and Rebecca Zahn

Part II Distributive Justice and Exploitation

Part III Workplace Democracy and Self-Determination

14 Trade Unions and Political Equality

Martin O’Neill and Stuart White*

Part IV Social Inclusion

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