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Constitutionalizing Employment Relations: Sinzheimer, Kahn-Freund, and the Role of Labour Law

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Abstract:

Hugo Sinzheimer and his one-time student Otto Kahn-Freund are widely regarded as the founding fathers of German and British labour law respectively. While, at first glance, the two scholars might appear to have advocated rather different approaches to the regulation of employment relations, a review of their work reveals that both argued, in essence, for the ‘constitutionalization’ of those relations. Both argued, in other words, for the removal from the economic sphere of the otherwise inequitable consequences of the functioning of private law, so that collectivized labour might participate with capital, on a parity basis, in the autonomous regulation of the economy.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2008.00442.x

Affiliations: School of Law, University of Glasgow, Stair Building, The Square, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, Scotland, Email: r.dukes@lbss.gla.ac.uk

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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