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Labour Law’s theory of justice

Document type Book chapter
Editor Langille, Brian
Author Langille, Brian
Editor Davidov, Guy
Book None
Publisher Oxford University Press; Oxford
Date 2013
ISBN 978-0-19-966945-5
Pages 101-119


Labour law does and must have a theory of justice. Without such a theory labour law has no account of the scope of its application or the point of its normative content. Scope and content are answerable to labour law's idea of justice and a change in our thinking about either entails a necessary rethinking of the other. Because labour law's world is changing labour law will have a new theory of justice. This chapter outlines briefly what such a theory might look like. It also discusses two lines of resistance to this way of thinking. --From editors' introduction