Book Launch: Regulation Theory and Australian Capitalism
Please join Brett Heino, together with Joellen Riley Munton and Eugene-Schofield Georgeson, for the launch of the paperback version of his book Regulation Theory and Australian Capitalism: Rethinking Social Justice and Labour Law.
The end of the post-World War II ‘long boom’ in the mid-1970s proved the beginning of a process of political-economic change that has fundamentally transformed labour law, both in Australia and across the developed world more generally. The dissolution of productive industry, the fragmentation of employment categories, the rise of profound employment precarity and an increasingly hostile legal environment for trade unionism have been of immense significance for key social justice issues, including income inequality, the rise of a new working-underclass, and the marginalisation of organised labour.
By combining the concepts of the Parisian Regulation Approach with a Marxist jurisprudence, this book offers a theoretically rigorous yet empirically sensitive account of the legal transition, with key case studies in the metal, food processing and retail sectors. Given the similar development logic of post-World War II capitalism in Western societies, this theory, although operationalised in the Australian context, can be used in the effort to explain labour law change more broadly.
Professor Joellen Riley Munton, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Eugene Schofield-Georgeson, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.
Dr Brett Heino, Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.