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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Labor Constitutions and Occupational Communities: Social Norms and Legal Norms at Work

Wolfgang Streeck and Ruth Dukes (University of Glasgow)

The project explores the relationship between informal norms of industrial justice, as generated by workers in occupational communities, and formal norms in labor law regulating contracting for work under different labor constitutions. It brings together empirical sociology and normative legal reasoning, to help overcome what is called “the crisis of labor law” in a post-industrial world of fragmented workplaces and diverse forms of employment and self-employment. Particular attention is paid to intermediary institutions, like collective bargaining, connecting social life at and around work to politics and law-making. This work is carried out in cooperation with the project “Work on Demand: Contracting for Work in a Changing Economy” (WoD), funded by the European Research Council and directed by Ruth Dukes at the University of Glasgow.
Dukes, Ruth, 2014. The Labour Constitution: The Enduring Idea of Labour Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Streeck, Wolfgang, 2005. "The Sociology of Labor Markets and Trade Unions." In Handbook of Economic Sociology, second edition, edited by Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg. New York: Russell Sage, 254-283.
Dukes, Ruth, 2019. "The Economic Sociology of Labour Law." Journal of Law and Society 46 (3), 396-422.
Dukes, Ruth, and Wolfgang Streeck. 2020. "From Industrial Citizenship to Private Ordering? Contract, Status, and the Question of Consent." MPIfG Discussion Paper 20/13. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne.
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