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The Right to Manage
Industrial Relations Policies of American Business in the 1940s
Howell John Harris

In this stimulating new work, Howell John Harris views the history of the American labor movement during the critical 1940s from the managerial point of view. Too many studies of this period, says Harris, focus on the unionized minority, whereas the events of the period were shaped largely by the American business community and its corporate managerial elite, which saw the union movement as a direct challenge to its power and authority.

Harris’s work is a major contribution to the history of American domestic policies of the 1940s, a period when many of the distinguishing features of contemporary American industrial relations were formed. Harris combines an analytical discussion of American labor history with a close study of the way businessmen interpreted and met the challenges of the labor unions and other institutions. This original approach will offer a needed balance to studies in management, industrial relations, labor history, economic history, and American history in general.

Howell John Harris was, at the time of publication, lecturer in modern history at the University of Durham, England.

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September 1982
312 pp.   6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-299-08640-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-299-08640-4
Cloth $27.95 s

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