Restructuring the Employment Relationship

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byDuncan Gallie, Michael White, Yuan Cheng

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This masterly new study presents the first large-scale empirical analysis of the changes in British work experiences and employment relationships between the 1980s and 1990s. Drawing on the Employment in Britain surveya national survey providing the richest source of evidence to date aboutindividuals' experience of employmentit examines the impact of new technologies, the emergence of new management policies, the changing forms of employment contract, and the growth of job insecurity on people's experience of employment. The authors focus on the implications these developments havefor the ways in which skills and work tasks have been changing, the nature of control at work, the degree of participation in decision-making, and the flexibility demanded at work. They assess whether there has been a tendency towards either a polarization or convergence of employment experiencesbetween men and women, and between occupational classes. They offer fresh insight into how the changing quality of work in recent years has affected employee's involvement in their jobs and organizations, the stress they experience at work, and the propensity for absenteeism and staff turnover.While the study provides strong evidence of a marked trend towards upskilling, the authors take issue with the argument that a new type of employment relationship is emerging, arguing instead that the restructuring of the employment relationship has, in fact, reinforced traditional lines ofdivision in the workforce.

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This masterly new study presents the first large-scale empirical analysis of the changes in British work experiences and employment relationships between the 1980s and 1990s. Drawing on the Employment in Britain surveya national survey providing the richest source of evidence to date aboutindividuals' experience of employmentit examin...

Duncan Gallie is at University of Oxford. Michael White is at Policy Studies Institute, London.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294417

ISBN - 13:9780198294412

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Skill and the Quality of Work3. Discretion and Control4. Participation and Representation5. The Growth of Job Insecurity6. The Flexible Workforce? The Employment Conditions of Part-Time and Temporary Workers7. Employment Commitment and Job Expectations8. Job Involvement, Work Strain, and Psychological Health9. Organizational Commitment10. Labour Cost and PerformanceConclusion

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A valuable and comprehensive, large-scale empirical analysis. - Aslib Book Guide. Vol 63. December 1998.