The Contract of Employment: A Study in Legal Evolution
AbstractThis paper reconstructs the evolutionary path of the contract of employmentin English law. It demonstrates that the contract of employment is a more recent innovation than widely thought, and that its essential features owe as much to legislation as they do to the common law of contract. The master-servant model of the nineteenth century was only displaced by the modern contract of employment as a result of twentieth century social legislation and collective bargaining. The paper discusses present-day mutations in the legal form of employment in the light of this analysis.
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contract of employment; poor law; mater and servant; collective bargaining; welfare state; legal evolution; path dependence;
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- K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
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