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A Differentiated Model of Work Regulation?

David Jacobs (American University, USA)

Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-1-80455-923-9, eISBN: 978-1-80455-922-2

Publication date: 14 March 2023


This chapter presents an alternative model of industrial relations in which multiple spheres of labor policy coexist with varied political dynamics and contrasting outcomes. Despite evidence of wide public support for unionism and collective action, uneven patterns of voter participation, racial polarization, and political structures determine policies. Disparate historical trajectories also influence local variance. The unusual level of differentiation in US industrial relations ultimately derives from the constitutional regime: the absence of a nationally guaranteed right to vote and right to organize despite the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.



Jacobs, D. (2023), "A Differentiated Model of Work Regulation?", Lewin, D. and Gollan, P.J. (Ed.) Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 27), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 5-22.



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