Codetermination: Labor's Middle Way in Germany

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Codetermination: Labor's Middle Way in Germany

By Abraham Shuchman
Public Affairs Press, 1957
247 pp. $4.50

Co-determination as now practised in Western Germany comprises an important degree of labor participation in the management of the coal and steel industries, and a smaller degree of labor consultation in the affairs of other industries. Several chapters of this book describe the postwar events leading up to these arrangements and the laws on which they are based, though little is said about the practical results of co-determination. Professor Shuchman sees the present arrangements as a particular realization of much broader concepts concerning labor participation in economic affairs as a means of achieving "industrial democracy."

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