Understanding Work and Employment: Industrial Relations in Transition

Paperback | March 1, 2003

EditorPeter Ackers, Adrian Wilkinson

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This collection aims to analyse, advertise, and criticize the contribution of industrial relations to social science understanding. It brings together leading scholars to reconsider the theoretical foundations of industrial relations and its potential contribution to the wider understanding ofwork and economic life, to learn what it can gain from a stronger engagement with these surrounding disciplines and national traditions. The introduction provides a critical, though broadly sympathetic, outline of the development of the mainstream industrial relations tradition. Part One recognizes the interdisciplinary character of industrial relations by concentrating on 'border encounters' with the cognate academic disciplines ofsociology, economics, management, history, psychology, law, politics, and geography. Of particular interest is how far industrial relations has contributed to social science understanding beyond its own narrow borders. Part Two combines a major critical analysis of the American school, with threeshorter discussions of Australia, Europe, and Japan. Part Three looks forward to the potential contribution of industrial relations to our understanding of work, employment, and society by identifying a variety of key dilemmas and debates which call for new interdisciplinary thinking. Finally, thebook ends with a critical reassessment of the industrial relations tradition.

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This collection aims to analyse, advertise, and criticize the contribution of industrial relations to social science understanding. It brings together leading scholars to reconsider the theoretical foundations of industrial relations and its potential contribution to the wider understanding ofwork and economic life, to learn what it ca...

Peter Ackers is Reader in Employment Relations at Loughborough University Business School. Co-author of New Development in Employee Involvement (Employment Department 1992) and co-editor of The New Workplace and Trade Unionism (Routledge 1996), he has published widely in academic journals and edited collections on industrial relations...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199259038

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1. Peter Ackers and Adrian Wilkinson: Introduction: The British Industrial Relations TraditionPart I: Disciplinary Perspectives2. Ian Roberts: Sociology and Industrial Relations3. Jill Rubery and Damian Grimshaw: Economics and Industrial Relations4. Nick Bacon: Management and Industrial Relations5. David Lyddon: History and Industrial Relations6. Chris Brotherton: Social Psychology and Industrial Relations7. Keith Ewing: Labour Law and Industrial Relations8. Roderick Martin: Politics and Industrial Relations9. Andrew Herod, Jamie Peck, and Jane Wills: Geography and Industrial RelationsPart II: Comparative Perspectives10. Bruce Kaufman: Industrial Relations in North America11. Russell Lansbury and Grant Michelson: Industrial Relations in Australia12. Carola Frege: Industrial Relations in Continental EuropePart III: Future Directions: Issues and Arguments13. Marek Korczynski: Consumer Capitalism and Industrial Relations14. Edmund Heery: Trade Unions and Industrial Relations15. Anne-Marie Greene: Women and Industrial Relations16. Gregor Gall: Marxism and Industrial Relations17. John Eldridge: Post-Modernism and Industrial Relations18. Paul Edwards: The Future of Industrial Relations