Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice

Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice

by Trevor Colling, Mike Terry

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This revised edition of Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice follows the approach established successfully in preceding volumes edited by Paul Edwards. The focus is on Britain after a decade of public policy which has once again altered the terrain on which employment relations develop. Government has attempted to balance flexibility with fairness, preserving light-touch regulation whilst introducing rights to minimum wages and to employee representation in the workplace. Yet this is an open economy, conditioned significantly by developing patterns of international trade and by European Union policy initiatives. This interaction of domestic and cross-national influences in analysis of changes in employment relations runs throughout the volume.

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ISBN-13: 9781444323115
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Series: Industrial Revolutions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 494
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Trevor Colling, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Warwick Business School; Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group; Industrial Relations Research Unit.

Michael Terry, Emeritus Professor, Warwick Business School; Industrial Relations and Organisational Behaviour Group; Industrial Relations Research Unit.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

List of Common Abbreviations.

List of Contributors.



1 Work, the Employment Relationship and the Field of Industrial Relations (Trevor Colling and Michael Terry).

Section One British Industrial Relations in Comparative Context.

2 British Industrial Relations: Between Security and Flexibility (Colin Crouch).

3 British Industrial Relations: The European Dimension (Richard Hyman).

Section Two Actors.

4 Management: Caught Between Competing Views of the Organization (Keith Sisson and John Purcell).

5 State, Capital and Labour Relations in Crisis (Jason Heyes and Peter Nolan).

6 Trade Unions: Power and Infl uence in a Changed Context (Melanie Simms and Andy Charlwood).

Section Three Contexts.

7 Public Sector Industrial Relations: The Challenge of Modernization (Stephen Bach).

8 Industrial Relations in the Private Sector (James Arrowsmith).

9 Multinational Companies: Transforming National Industrial Relations? (Paul Marginson and Guglielmo Meardi).

10 Industrial Relations in Small Firms (Monder Ram and Paul Edwards).

Section Four Processes.

11 Negotiation and Collective Bargaining (William Brown).

12 Employee Representation (Michael Terry).

13 The Changing Legal Framework of Employment Relations (Linda Dickens and Mark Hall).

14 Legal Institutions and the Regulation of Workplaces (Trevor Colling).

Section Five Outcomes.

15 Pay and Working Time: Shifting Contours of the Employment Relationship (Damien Grimshaw and Jill Rubery).

16 Industrial Relations and Economic Performance (Paul Edwards and Sukanya Sengupta).

17 Skills Policy and the Displacement of Industrial Relations: The Elephant in the Corner? (Ewart Keep, Caroline Lloyd and Jonathan Payne).

18 Equality and Diversity: The Ultimate Industrial Relations Concern (Deborah Dean and Sonia Liff).


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