The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan

The Wages of Affluence Labor and Management in Postwar Japan Andrew Gordon goes to the core of the Japanese enterprise system the workplace and reveals a complex history of contest and confrontation The Japanese model produced a dynamic economy which owed as

  • Title: The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan
  • Author: Andrew Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780674007062
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • Andrew Gordon goes to the core of the Japanese enterprise system, the workplace, and reveals a complex history of contest and confrontation The Japanese model produced a dynamic economy which owed as much to coercion as to happy consensus Managerial hegemony was achieved only after a bitter struggle that undermined the democratic potential of postwar society The book drAndrew Gordon goes to the core of the Japanese enterprise system, the workplace, and reveals a complex history of contest and confrontation The Japanese model produced a dynamic economy which owed as much to coercion as to happy consensus Managerial hegemony was achieved only after a bitter struggle that undermined the democratic potential of postwar society The book draws on examples across Japanese industry, but focuses in depth on iron and steel This industry was at the center of the country s economic recovery and high speed growth, a primary site of corporate managerial strategy and important labor union initiatives.Beginning with the Occupation reforms and their influence on the workplace, Gordon traces worker activism and protest in the 1950s and 60s, and how they gave way to management victory in the 1960s and 70s He shows how working people had to compromise institutions of self determination in pursuit of economic affluence He illuminates the Japanese system with frequent references to other capitalist nations whose workplaces assumed very different shape, and looks to Japan s future, rebutting hasty predictions that Japanese industrial relations are about to be dramatically transformed in the American free market image Gordon argues that it is likely that Japan will only modestly adjust the status quo that emerged through the turbulent postwar decades he chronicles here.

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    1. Written in the post-bubble moment, when Japan went from Asian tiger to paper tiger, this book does great work examining the processes by which the much touted "Japanese system" of labor management both fails and feeds its work force. This is of particular interest for anyone who wants to better understand how global labor became tamed in the 1970s. Of course it destroys any beautiful fairy tales of an essentially and traditionally harmonious relationship between labor and management in Japan.Wha [...]

    2. My rating is kind of unfair. I'm just not into labor history, so it says more about me than about the book.

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