The Law of Work is a re-conceptualisation of the subject matter of the Australian law of workplace relations according to its fundamental principles. By identifying its subject matter as the 'law of work' it signals its concerns as broader than those encompassed in the traditional conception of labour and industrial relations law. The book reflects the authors' conviction that social and economic context is of critical importance to an understanding of the law. It presents a principled approach to its subject matterand offers students the opportunity to re-evaluate the nature, scope and importance of employment and labour law. The major themes of work and society, economy, contract and co-operation, work and social citizenship, and freedom of association provide a sound theoretical basis for the coherent analysis and critique of the cases and legislation, which together comprise the law of workplace relations.