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Modernising Work in Public Services
Redefining Roles and Relationships in Britain's Changing Workplace
 
 
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10 May 2007
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This volume analyses the 'modernisation' of work and employment in British public services, against the background of neo-liberal reforms that have redefined what is meant by the 'public sector'. In doing so, it critically engages with debates around the ideological, regulatory, economic and social drivers of change, and analyses their impact on the public service ethos, equality, payment systems and employment security. Since public services are increasingly offered by private operators, the volume also examines the changing roles and relationships that increasingly operate within fluid organisational boundaries, tackling the collective and organizational dynamics of recent changes, with particular attention being paid to the role of trade unions and partnership working at both the workforce and inter-organisational levels.


Description

This volume analyses the 'modernisation' of work and employment in British public services, against the background of neo-liberal reforms that have redefined what is meant by the 'public sector'. In doing so, it critically engages with debates around the ideological, regulatory, economic and social drivers of change, and analyses their impact on the public service ethos, equality, payment systems and employment security. Since public services are increasingly offered by private operators, the volume also examines the changing roles and relationships that increasingly operate within fluid organisational boundaries, tackling the collective and organizational dynamics of recent changes, with particular attention being paid to the role of trade unions and partnership working at both the workforce and inter-organisational levels.


Reviews

'...Dibben et al are to be congratulated on making a useful contribution to the debate.  The book succeeds in its stated aim of providing a comprehensive analysis of public-sector 'modernization' effects on the workforce.  Although it is comprehensive, it does not lack depth and the chapters are clear and generally well written throughout.' Philip Morgan, British Journal of Industrial Relations 46:1 March 08


Contents

Introduction; P.Dibben& P.James
PART ONE: UNDERLYING DRIVERS OF THE REFORM OF PUBLIC SERVICES
From Hayek to New Labour: The Changing Ideology of Public Sector Provision; N.Thompson
Supranational Regulation: GATS and EU Policy; J.Grahl
Changing Social Trends and Dynamics; G.Wood
PART TWO: CONSEQUENCES OF THE EXTERNAL INFLUENCES ON PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYMENT
The Erosion of the Public Sphere: Composition and Size of Public Sector Employment; P.Beaumont, J.Pate, M.Fischbacher& A.Verma
A Declining Public Service Ethos?; C.Needham
Equality' in Britain's 'Modernised' Public Services; S.Corby
Trade Union Organisation and Participation; P.James& I.Cunningham
PART THREE: THE DYNAMIC NATURE OF EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN PUBLIC SERVICES ORGANIZATIONS
'Partnership' and the Blurring of Organisational Boundaries in Public Service Delivery; I.Roper& D.Grimshaw
Trust, the Modernising of Work and the Sustainability of Collective Relations: Partnership in the British Local State; M.M.Lucio& M.Stuart
Pay and Rewards in Public Services: Fairness and Equity; D.Marsden
Employment Security and Job Insecurity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?; P.Dibben
The Comparative Productivity of the Private and Public Sector; S.Sandiv
The British Experience in a Comparative Context; B.Hebdon& R.Hickey
Conclusion; G.Wood& I.Roper










Authors

PAULINE DIBBEN is Lecturer in Human Resource Management/ Organisational Behaviour at the Management School, University of Sheffield, UK. She has published many articles in the areas of Public Sector Management and Employment Relations, and was co-editor of Contesting Public Sector Reforms (Palgrave, 2004)

GEOFFREY WOOD'S current research interests centre on the systematic testing and development of contemporary institutional theory in the light of large-scale survey evidence. This has encompassed assessments of variations in industrial and different institutional settings, the relative fortunes of organised labour in emerging markets, and developments and extensions of regulationist theories

IAN ROPER is Principal Lecturer in HRM at Middlesex University Business School, UK. He teaches and researches in the area of employment relations. He has a particular interest in the employment relations implications of reforming public services. He is the author of a range of journal articles on the subject and was joint editor of previous Palgrave publication Contesting Public sector Reforms in 2004

PHILIP JAMES is Professor of Employment Relations at Oxford Brookes, UK, and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University Business School. He has researched and published widely in the fields of both employment relations and occupational health and safety and recently co-authored, with David Walters, Regulating Health and Safety: An Agenda for Change (Institute of Employment Rights, 2005) and co-edited Institutions, Production and Working Lives (Oxford University Press, 2006)