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Michael Hillard

In: 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 6: Marxian and Institutional Industrial Relations in the United States

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Marxian and Institutional Industrial Relations in the United States
Marxian and institutional industrial relations in the United States

This chapter presents industrial relations (IR)—the study of the capitalist employment relationship, with particular emphasis on employer/worker or “capital-labor” conflict. The field originated a century ago in the United States, maintaining an intellectual tradition and historical experience distinct from IR in other nations. The field was almost a purely American tradition until after World War II, when it was promoted and exported to Europe and developing countries, with U.S. cold war foreign policy an important impetus. The intellectual landscape and character of IR in other nations, with Britain a singular example with its heavy Marxist influence, is completely distinct and beyond the scope of this chapter. Kaufman (2004) ...

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