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Industrial Democracy

Industrial Democracy

Author: Sidney and Beatrice Webb

Year Published: 1897

Description: In this book, social reformer husband and wife team Sidney and Beatrice Webb explored unions and collective bargaining (a term coined by Beatrice Webb six years earlier) in the context of late 19th century Britain.  The book's central argument is that democratic, as opposed to authoritarian, workplace practices promote greater efficiency and overall better conditions for workers, their families and society.  The book and the Webbs' 1894 book The History of Trade Unionism are still considered among the most influential published works in the history of labor relations.  

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