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Workers, Collectivism and the Law

Grappling with Democracy

Laura Carlson

Workers, Collectivism and the Law offers a captivating historical account of worker democracy, from its beginnings in European guild systems to present-day labor unions, across the national legal systems of Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Analysing these legal systems in light of a Habermasian concept of participatory democracy, Laura Carlson identifies ways to strengthen individual employee voice in claims against employers.
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Laura Carlson

My first and greatest thanks go to Professor Jan Kleineman for encouraging me both to write this book and to apply for the Stockholm Centre Oxford Fellowship. I also have the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law, the Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford Law Faculty, and Christ Church College, University of Oxford to thank for generously sponsoring my fellowship. This work would not have been possible without the amazing cooperation between these institutions. On a more personal note, I would like to thank Jenny Dix, Dr. Benjamin Spagnolo, Dr. Andreas von Goldbeck, and Professor John Cartwright for making me a part of the home team.

I am also grateful to my family: my husband, Fredrik Gustafsson; my daughter, Lovisa Gustavsson; and my mother-in-law, Ragnhild Bok, for their loving support, as well as for Fredrik’s eternal proofreading.