Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fischl on “Running the Government Like a Business”: Wisconsin and the Assault on Workplace Democracy

Fischl, m. 100x150 02.11 Michael Fischl (UConn has published in the Yale Law Review Online a timely and must-read piece: “Running the Government Like a Business”: Wisconsin and the Assault on Workplace Democracy.

(Michael helpfully points out to those with middle-aged eyes that the downloadable pdf version is infinitely easier to read, though the footnote formatting is not nearly so nifty.)

Michael's fundamental point, with which I wholeheartedly agree, is that, "the stakes in Wisconsin have less to do with the bona fides of budget crises and benefits packages than with something a great deal more fundamental: the struggle between democratic governance and authoritarian control in the American workplace."

Read the whole piece. Well worth the time. I guarantee this: Michael will challenge the way you think about this issue.



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Authoritarian control is what the NLRB is doing with its rules changes.

Posted by: joe marino | Jun 21, 2011 12:51:48 PM

Interesting article, though I confess that I was taken aback by his first source (footnote 1), with whom I am acquainted via the Internet and some blog alliances to which we belong. Citation to an obscure blog contributed to by an obscure attorney does not seem to be the kind of source I'd want to cite in a scholarly article.

Posted by: James Young | Jun 21, 2011 1:03:43 PM

It's an excellent article by an excellent scholar.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jun 22, 2011 10:06:22 AM

That assessment would have nothing to do with the thanks he expresses to you at the end of the article, would it, Joe? ;-)

Posted by: James Young | Jun 22, 2011 12:21:52 PM

No, it wouldn't. But if you keep reading that closely, you might learn something.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Jun 23, 2011 12:49:50 PM

As I get the tone of that, perhaps you should grow a sense of humor, Joe.

Responding to your substance, I might indeed. But I won't be agreeing with it absent a lobotomy.

Posted by: James Young | Jun 23, 2011 4:08:47 PM

Good info. This answers one question of mine but it raised two more. Back to google. Thanks for the info.

Posted by: Michael Wright | Jun 29, 2011 1:48:41 PM

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