The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan
Andrew GordonISBN: 0674007069; 9780674007062;
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...