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If there is a more acute intellect than that of Harry Wellington at work today in labor law, I am unaware of it. This makes his new book all the more troubling, for it reveals the limitations, or perhaps I should even say the deficiencies, of a highly rational approach to the regulation of industrial relations. Professor Wellington has two stated objectives (he disclaims any attempt at a comprehensive text on labor law). First, he wishes to appraise "the role of the legal process in moving collective bargaining to its present position at the center of national labor policy." Second, he wants to examine in detail "a variety of problems created for government by collective bargaining."' It is in the pursuit of his first goal, especially, that Professor Wellington seems handicapped by his penchant for a priori reasoning.