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Mark Harvey and Norman Geras

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114020

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526114020.001.0001

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Making People Work for Wages: Instituting the Capital–Labour Exchange in the United Kingdom

Making People Work for Wages: Instituting the Capital–Labour Exchange in the United Kingdom

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(p.98) 4 Making People Work for Wages: Instituting the Capital–Labour Exchange in the United Kingdom
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Inequality and Democratic Egalitarianism
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Mark Harvey

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526114020.003.0004

This chapter develops the theoretical analysis by providing an historical account of the development of wage labour, in a long duration account from the beginning of the 19th century through to mid-20th century in the United Kingdom. It shows how new forms of coercive labour developed with industrial capitalism through employment and welfare law. It argues that state power, through law and fiscal regimes, conditions the exchange between labour and capital. As such, it critiques the abstraction of the economy as a separate sphere and discipline, proposing a co-evolutionary account of economic organisation, law and fiscal regimes.

Keywords:   Coercive labour, Welfare, Fiscal regimes, Employment law, ‘Free labour’, Co-evolution

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