Neoliberal Industrial Relations Policy in the UK

How the Labour Movement Lost the Argument

Authors: Cradden, C.

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From attempts to control inflation in the 1970s, through the reforms of the Thatcher years, to the rise and fall of New Labour, this book shows how different theories and conceptual models have been critical to the development of industrial relations in the UK.

About the authors

Conor Cradden is a research fellow at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. Formerly head of research for a UK public sector trade union, he has expertise in labour and organization studies, transnational regulation, participatory democracy and sociological theory.

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'Cradden's fascinating reconstruction of the intense debates on British industrial relations from the Donovan Commission until New Labour reveals that its neoliberal development was much less natural and linear than it is generally assumed, especially in international comparisons. The sharp historical account clarifies complex debates with masterly literary elegance. Importantly, the book is placed in a convincing critical theoretical framework, which by considering industrial relations as a political - before an economic realm, explains why the winning ideas are often not the best, only the simplest ones. It is an indispensable book for anybody wanting to understand industrial relations better, whether only the convoluted and often misrepresented British case, or the labour issue in general and whether only to interpret it, or also to change it.'

Professor Guglielmo Meardi, Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick, UK

'The author provides refreshing new insight on the sea change in industrial relations policy in the United Kingdom. This book challenges both scholars and the labour movement to strengthen the intellectual foundations of industrial relations policy and expand the agenda for union action beyond collective bargaining. His brilliant analysis of the contestation of ideas and how the terms of the policy debate were redefined holds important lessons for organized labour and policy makers in other parts of the world.'

Susan Hayter, Senior Specialist, Industrial and Employment Relations, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland

'Conor Cradden has written an incisive and deeply researched book on the evolution of pluralist industrial relations theory and practice in the United Kingdom. It's a 'big picture' book that raises fundamental philosophical and policy questions regarding the place and role of trade unions in a modern market economy and, indeed, of the role of the market economy itself.'

Bruce Kaufman, Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, USA


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • The Warp and Weft of Ideas and Political Action

    Pages 1-18

    Cradden, Conor

  • Institutionalist Pluralism and Public Policy

    Pages 19-40

    Cradden, Conor

  • Industrial Democracy

    Pages 41-58

    Cradden, Conor

  • The End of Institutionalist Pluralism

    Pages 59-83

    Cradden, Conor

  • Post-pluralist Collective Industrial Relations

    Pages 84-104

    Cradden, Conor

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neoliberal Industrial Relations Policy in the UK
Book Subtitle
How the Labour Movement Lost the Argument
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41381-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137413819
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41380-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49004-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 133
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