The Case of Professional Baseball in the United States and Japan
Chapter 3: The principle that labour is not a commodity
The principle that labour is not a commodity is an influential principle that has shaped the operation of labour markets since the early twentieth century. As will be demonstrated in this book, the labour controls imposed on professional baseball players tend to ‘commodify’ their labour, rather than treating them as the autonomous workers envisioned by writers such as John Locke.
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