Much contemporary debate in the field of industrial relations focuses on the wrong questions. Discussion is often framed in misleading terms or based upon unproductive assumptions. A prime example explored here is the current heated debate about whether we should replace "the adversary structure" of American labor relations with a "cooperative model." In my view we do not face such a choice. Rather, workplace democracy and economic prosperity alike require new forms of work organization combining adversary and participatory assumptions, institutions and practices. The challenge is to link the two approaches in ways that enhance the virtues and minimize the shortcomings of each.
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labor law, industrial relations, Law
Klare, Karl E., "The labor-management cooperation debate: a workplace democracy perspective" (1988). School of Law Faculty Publications. 200.