Arbitration, Arbitrators, and the Public Interest: Reply

Horton, Raymond D.
October 1977
Industrial & Labor Relations Review;Oct77, Vol. 31 Issue 1, p76
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the author's views on arbitration and arbitrators. Economist Joseph Krislov argues in his comment that interest arbitration is consistent with political democracy, also, he warns repeatedly that we should refrain from changing the present system of recruiting and selecting interest arbitrators. Apart from the failure to explain who 'we' are, Krislov's comment is an able attempt to defend some orthodox assumptions about public sector labor relations in general and interest arbitration in particular. The essential weakness running throughout Krislov's comment is his failure to understand that the basic function of interest arbitration is not to produce awards that are acceptable to the parties but rather to perform the political act of allocating public resources that the parties themselves were unable to perform through collective bargaining. Krislov's continuum theory of delegation has a nice logical ring to it. The inability to perceive that social processes often perform different functions than are popularly assumed is common and particularly understandable in this case, because interest arbitration is a relatively new phenomenon.


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