Synopses & Reviews
In this important new book, Melvyn Dubofsky traces the relationship between the American labor movement and the federal government from the 1870s until the present. His is the only book to focus specifically on the 'labor question' as a lens through which to view more clearly the basic political, economic, and social forces that have divided citizens throughout the industrial era.
Many scholars contend that the state has acted to suppress trade union autonomy and democracy, as well as rank-and-file militancy, in the interest of social stability and conclude that the law has rendered unions the servants of capital and the state. In contrast, Dubofsky argues that the relationship between the state and labor is far more complex and that workers and their unions have gained from positive state intervention at particular junctures in American history. He focuses on six such periods when, in varying combinations, popular politics, administrative policy formation, and union influence on the legislative and executive branches operated to promote stability by furthering the interests of workers and their organizations.
This expert historical essay should be read by all political scientists.
Political Science Quarterly
An excellent book with many powerful and well-substantiated points.
Industrial and Labor Relations Review
An expert guide to the half-century of political and legal turmoil that preceded Taft-Hartley.
American Historical Review
Dubofsky's analysis is bracing and should generate much debate.
Journal of American History
First-rate history, the best synthesis yet published of the public policy of labor relations in industrial America.
Reviews in American History
In this book, Melvyn Dubofsky traces the relationship between the American labor movement and the federal government from the 1870s until the present, using the 'labor question' as a lens through which to view the basic political, economic, and social forces that have divided citizens throughout the industrial era.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -303) and index.