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The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan

The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan

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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 that owed as much to coercion as to happy consensus. The book drawson examples across Japanese industry, but focuses in depth on iron and steel--an industry at the center of the country's economic recovery and high-speed growth. Beginning with the Occupation reforms and their influence on the workplace, Gordon shows howworking people had to compromise institutions of self-determination in pursuit of economic affluence. He also rebuts hasty predictions that Japanese industrial relations are about to be dramatically transformed in the American free-market image. "This isa major achievement, and confirms Andrew Gordon's place as a truly outstanding scholar of Japanese labor history ... Those wishing to understand the post-war remaking of Japan's political economy and society will find much of value in this book." --D. H.Whittaker, Business History "A pathbreaking work ... [It] is also an uncommonly timely book, offering historical perspectives on many dimensions of Japan's tortured course in the 1990s ... A compelling, illuminating study that deserves the greatest possible readership." --William M. Tsutsui, Monumenta Nipponica