Publication Date

Fall 1986


[Excerpt] Reading this book it is difficult not to think that the intent of the author was less to understand the origins and developments of the values and assumptions that gild the practice of labor law than it was to 'prove' that labor law in America is really capitalist law and thus it invalidates itself. This is not only circular reasoning, but it is unfortunate as well. For there is another book to be written that would analyze these questions through a serious and sustained reading in the history of industrial relations and then apply that knowledge to specific case studies of more contemporary court cases and/or arbitration decisions. For the problems alluded to by James Atleson are indeed important and the legal scholar and trade union activist alike could benefit from an historically informed critical study.


Suggested Citation
Salvatore, N. (1986). [Review of the book Values and assumptions in American labor law] [Electronic version]. Law and History Review, 4(2), 484-486.

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