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.
The structure has been amended slightly. Britain is placed straight away in comparative perspective before attention focuses explicitly on employment relations actors, contexts, processes, and outcomes. Each of the chapters is written by authorities in the field and provides up to date analysis and commentary. A spine of chapters from the preceding volume have been revised and extensively updated and new chapters have been added to refine coverage of issues such as the private sector and developing legal institutions.
Overall, a picture emerges of an economy that is in incremental and contested transition. The imperatives of ′globalization′ now infuse governance mechanisms that were once responsive principally to domestic agenda and employment standards are set now by the state that once were established through collective bargaining. It is this fragile and emerging model that will be tested significantly through sustained political and economic change.
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).