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.
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
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.
"Completely revised, the latest edition of "Industrial
Relations" provides an invaluable guide to the actors, contexts,
processes and significant outcomes within British employment
relations. Based on a thorough review of the latest research, it is
essential reading for students, academics and those professionally
involved in employment relations and human resource
--Edmund Heery, Cardiff Business School
"This is a terrific collection of insightful analyses of British
workplace relations in a global context provided by leading
scholars. The chapters creatively utilize a multidisciplinary and
critical approach that reveals the continuing and unique value of
an industrial relations perspective. The volume cleverly assesses
how factors including increased demographic diversity,
organizational restructuring, globalization, and the reduced
coverage of collective bargaining are affecting the nature and
evolution of work and workplace relations. It is a must read.
--Harry C. Katz, Cornell University, New York
"This volume definitely constitutes the most comprehensive and
best collection of empirical as well as analytical essays on
industrial relations in Great Britain. This substantially revised,
enlarged and updated version of its well known predecessors puts
the specific national experience in comparative context and
international perspective. A truly interdisciplinary volume by
leading authorities, this has to be highly recommended for domestic
as well as foreign scholars, practitioners and policy
--Bernt Keller, University of Konstanz, Germany
"With working people facing the worst crisis in generations,
this book is a much needed reminder of the crucial importance of
employment relations research in Britain. The 3rd edition of
"Industrial Relations," which coincides with the 40th anniversary
of the IRRU at Warwick University, provides a completely updated,
cutting-edge analysis by leading scholars on work and employment
developments in contemporary Britain. It delivers a most
informative view of modern employment, its problems and
possibilities. A must for students and practitioners in employment
relations, human resource management and industrial
--Professor Carola Frege, London School of Economics and Editor of
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