The Closed Shop in Britain by W. E. J. McCarthy
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Oxford professor Dr. McCarthy’s 1964 publication takes up a particular moment in changing labor regulations in post-WWII Great Britain. “The Closed Shop” is a term that refers to the introduction of conditional hiring practices requiring employers to honor union security agreements, guaranteeing employment for union workers explicitly. Declared illegal in 2006, at the time of McCarthy’s inquiry, the growing influence of “closed shop” laws signaled a shift in ways of thinking about organization, job security, civil liberties and restrictions, and the meaning of work in the modern, Western world. Concerns that remain critical to contemporary conversations range from the influence from across the pond, such as America's reframing the means of production as a citizen’s “right” to work; to critical observations on the changing, changeable dynamic between labor and traditional concepts of a collective in the context of the twentieth-century’s initiation of the "individual" age.