Persistent Inequalities: Wage Disparity Under Capitalist Competition

Persistent Inequalities: Wage Disparity Under Capitalist Competition - Historical Materialism

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Publisher's Synopsis

Economists generally assume that wage differentials among similar workers will only endure when competition in the capital and/or labor market is restricted. However, using a classical Marxist anaysis of real capitalist competition, Botwinick shows that substantial patterns of wage disparity can persist despite high levels of competition. Indeed, the author provocatively argues that competition and technical change often militate against wage equalization. In addition to providing the basis for a more unified analysis of race and gender inequality within labor markets, Botwinick's work has important implications for contemporary union strategies. Going against mainstream proponents of labor-management cooperation, the author calls for militant union organization that can once again take wages and working conditions out of capitalist competition. This revised edition was originally published under the same title in 1993 by Princeton University Press.

Book information

ISBN: 9781608460199
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 532g
Height: 228mm
Width: 346mm
Spine width: 19mm