Originally published in 1983, this comparative study of day-to-day industrial relations in two closely matched factories in Britain and Germany, the author examines the causes of the disorder in British manufacturing industry. The book describes how, in the absence of government in the British factory, workers took the law into their own hands in order to redress grievances over pay and to protect their position in the factory's earnings hierarchy. In the German workplace, management and works council successfully administer orderly and equitable pay structures.

chapter 1|127 pages

Disorder in British Industry

chapter 2|112 pages

Research Site and Design

chapter 4|88 pages

Disorder in the Workplace

chapter 6|51 pages

Breakdown of Government in the Workplace

chapter 7|39 pages


chapter Appendix A|26 pages

The Performance of the Two Factories Compared