Paul Davies and Mark Freedland

in Towards a Flexible Labour Market

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217878
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191712326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law


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This introductory chapter argues that the period under review in the book saw the emergence of a dominant new concern for labour legislation and regulation policy, namely, promoting a flexible labour market. That policy replaced the one which had informed much of the post-war period (that of ‘collective laissez-faire’ or ‘abstention’ of labour law from the regulation of industrial and employment relations) and that which, more recently, had animated the governments of Mrs Thatcher, namely, the reduction of union power.

Keywords: collective laissez-faire; legal abstention; flexible labour markets; New Labour

Chapter.  7022 words. 

Subjects: Employment and Labour Law

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