The Theory of the Labor Movement Reconsidered: A Symposium in Honor of Selig Perlman

April 1960
ILR Review;Apr60, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p334
Academic Journal
This article presents information on various article published in the April 1960 issue of the journal "Industrial and Labor Relations Review." Essays in honor of professor Selig Perlman's contributions as a teacher and scholar are particularly appropriate in a journal such as this. In a very real sense, this journal, and the various centers, institutes and schools can trace their origins in large part to the contribution made by Perlman's generation of teachers to the establishment of labor problems as a field of study in universities and colleges, as of April 1060. The theory of the labor movement, in which Selig Perlman's work stands out as the pioneering contribution, is, moreover, a topic of almost timeless interest. Constant changes in the shape and internal structure of the labor movement, new developments in collective bargaining, and changes in the relationship of men to their work are only a few of the types of phenomena that recurrently send us to theoretical work to order our observations and guide us toward an understanding of new issues and practices in the field of industrial and labor relations. One of the articles traces two lines of development of labor theory among English-speaking writers and indicates briefly the probable development of future work in this area. Another article is concerned with the implications for the function and place of labor organizations of the way in which unions actually employ the wage-setting power they possess. Account of the history of the labor movement in Italy is the topic of discussion in another article.


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