COMMONS, John R.

Industrial Government.

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1921 Stock Code: 127205
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First edition of this collection of essays on industrial relations by the institutional economist Commons (1862-1945), based on findings of a tour of thirty progressive businesses made in the summer of 1919 by the Department of Political Economy at the University of Wisconsin, of which Commons was a member.
"In the postwar period Commons's immediate concern was the improvement of industrial relations. On the one side he deprecated the hostility of employers and courts to labor unions and ameliorative legislation; on the other side, he warned labor against flirting with any form of socialism, including guild socialism, but urged it to seek a solution through 'even collective bargaining' - that is, bargaining between organized interests and not the sham kind where only one side was organized and dictated to the other. Labour, he declared in Industrial Government, did not and should not want participation in management and the responsibilities of ownership, but sought instead 'security in a good job with power to command respect'" (Dorfman).
This copy has a University of Wisconsin provenance, with the bookplate of Edward Everett Hale (apparently unrelated to the author of the same name) with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper, located and dated "University of Wisconsin 1921".

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Octavo. Original dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Condition

Spine ends bumped with short closed tear at foot, minor marking and sunning to cloth. A very good copy.

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