By Alan Bogg
The lengthy ascendancy of pluralism and 'collective laissez-faire' as a guiding ideology of British labour legislations was once emphatically shattered via the recent correct ideology of Thatcher and significant. whilst New Labour was once eventually back to energy in 1997, it didn't, notwithstanding, try to resurrect the pre-Thatcher choice for pluralist non-intervention in collective business kin. as an alternative, it alleged to stick to a 'Third Way.' A centerpiece of this new procedure used to be the statutory attractiveness provision, brought in agenda A1 TULRCA 1992. via breaking with the culture of voluntarism in appreciate of popularity of alternate unions, Britain's New Labour sought to supply a version of collective labour legislation which mixed criminal aid with keep an eye on via juridification. a better examine of either the background of ways to popularity and the present provisions opens up basic questions as to the character of this new version and those it aimed to exchange. This ebook makes use of political philosophy to explain the nature of these historic methods and the character of the 'Third approach' itself in terms of statutory union popularity. specifically, it strains the revolutionary eclipse of civic republican values in labour legislation, in choice for a liberal political philosophy. The publication articulates and defends a civic republican philosophy by way of freedom as non-domination, the intrinsic worth of democratic participation via deliberative democracy, and group. this is contrasted with the rights-based individualism and country neutrality attribute of the liberal method. regardless of the promise of civic neighborhood within the 'Third manner' rhetoric, the ebook demonstrates that the truth of latest Labour's scan in union reputation used to be an emphatic reassertion of liberalism within the sphere of staff' collective rights. this is often the 1st monograph to provide a sustained serious research of felony techniques to exchange union attractiveness. it is going to be of specific curiosity to labour attorneys, but in addition a much broader viewers of students in political philosophy and commercial kin. The 2010 Society of criminal students Birks Prize for impressive felony Scholarship has provided this booklet first prize.
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