Labour Relations in Republican Germany: An Experiment in Industrial Democracy, 1918-1933

Labour Relations in Republican Germany: An Experiment in Industrial Democracy, 1918-1933

Labour Relations in Republican Germany: An Experiment in Industrial Democracy, 1918-1933

Labour Relations in Republican Germany: An Experiment in Industrial Democracy, 1918-1933

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The problem of labour relations occupies and will continue to occupy a most prominent place in modern times. The last two decades have witnessed a revolutionary transformation of employer-employee relations over a vast part of the globe, as exemplified by the Soviet Union, where the private employer was completely eliminated, and by the fascist countries, where the State assumed almost full control in the regulation of labour relations. This study concerns itself with a third type of adjustment as attempted by the Weimar Republic: the collective organization of industrial relations within the framework of traditional political democracy. While several studies have appeared in the English language dealing with specific phases of the status of labour in the German Republic, this volume represents the first attempt at an integrated treatment of the whole complex of employer-employee relationships during that period.

This study was planned and actually started during the life-time of the Republic. Unfortunately, what started out as a study of a living, functioning organism, turned out to be a somewhat disheartening post-mortem. Yet though the Republic is dead, the Weimar experiment is of more than historical interest. The remaining democratic countries face essentially the same basic problem as that faced by the statesmen of Weimar, namely, the fitting of collective action in the field of . . .

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