Karl Korsch pp 37-61 | Cite as

Labour Law for Factory Councils

  • Patrick Goode


The second phase of Korsch’s writings on the struggle by the working class for direct control over production concerns the factory councils (Betriebsräte) rather than the more broadly based workers’ councils (Arbeiterräte). This change reflects the changed focus of political life during 1920–2. In this period, the Arbeiterräte were non-existent, having in fact lost most of their effectiveness by the end of 1919. As Korsch pointed out:

already in November 1919 only a tiny band of ‘municipal workers’ councils’ was left … of the revolutionary workers’ and soldiers’ councils of … 1918 … but since the end of 1919 we have no longer had political councils in the revolutionary sense.1


Trade Union Transitional Period Class Struggle Industrial Democracy Capitalist Class 


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  1. 1.
    Korsch, ‘Wandlungen des Problems der politischen Arbeiterräte in Deutschland’, Neue Zeitung (7 March 1921).Google Scholar
  2. 17.
    Korsch, ‘Die Betriebsträtebewegung im Reich’, Neue Zeitung (21 September 1922).Google Scholar
  3. 27.
    Korsch, reviews of E. Paschukanis, Allgemeine Rechtslehre und Marxismus and K. Renner, Die Rechtsinstitute des Privatrechts und ihre soziale Funktion, Grünberg-Archiv(1930), pp.301–10.Google Scholar
  4. 34.
    Marx, ‘Class Struggles in France’, in Surveys from Exile, Political Writings vol. 2 (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993), pp. 6g–70; MEW vol. 7, p. 42.Google Scholar
  5. 35.
    See e.g. the review by H. Dersch, Archiv für Sozialwissenschaft (1924), pp. 505–16.Google Scholar

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