Developing Positive Employment Relations

International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership

Editors: Johnstone, Stewart, Wilkinson, Adrian (Eds.)

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Offering a critical assessment of the main conceptual debates concerning labour management partnership and cooperation at the workplace, this book evaluates the search for positive employment relations in five countries. The provision of collective employee representation, normally through trade unions, is central to most definitions of labour management partnership, and the aim is to develop collaborative relationships between unions, employers and employee representatives for the benefit all parties.  While traditionally associated with employment relations in the coordinated market economies of the continental European nations, partnership approaches have attracted increasing attention in recent decades in the liberal market economies of the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Developing Positive Employment Relations assesses the conceptual debates, reviews the employment relations context in each of these countries, and provides workplace case studies of the dynamics of partnership at the enterprise level.

About the authors

Stewart Johnstone is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK. A major strand of Stewart’s research has been the dynamics of employee voice and participation in both union and non-union firms. In particular, his research has examined organizational attempts to develop collaborative workplace relations in pursuit of mutual gains, and assessed the outcomes of such workplace partnerships for employers, employees, and unions.

 Adrian Wilkinson is Professor and Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing at Griffith University, Australia. Adrian has authored/co-authored /edited twenty books and over one hundred and forty articles in academic journals. Adrian is also (co)Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ), a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, an Academican of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. 

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“We need to start looking at the question of social partnership and social dialogue from a comparative perspective if we are to understand why some systems are more robust than others and why some approaches to partnership lead to better outcomes for both workers and their employers, and indeed society as whole. This book fills an important gap in that it begins to look more closely at what we mean by social partnership and how we can understand what drives it and what configures it in different systems of regulation.  This books includes some of the most important people working on this concept and it is very sensitive to the differences between partnership systems in terms of their form and its content. The debate on social partnership is becoming much more contested due to the pressures on the ability of worker representatives and managers to sustain mutual and long term gains and benefits. This text provides ways we can understand these challenges and the way some systems are more resilient and robust in their development. The book is a vital next step in our understanding of the concepts.” (Professor Miguel Martinez Lucio, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester, UK)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Developing Positive Employment Relations: International Experiences of Labour–Management Partnership

    Pages 3-24

    Johnstone, Stewart (et al.)

  • Trojan Horse or Tactic? The Case for Partnership

    Pages 25-47

    Donaghey, Jimmy

  • Why Partnership Cannot Work and Why Militant Alternatives Can: Historical and Contemporary Evidence

    Pages 49-73

    Danford, Andrew (et al.)

  • Participation and Partnership in the UK: Progress and Prospects

    Pages 77-99

    Johnstone, Stewart

  • Workplace Partnership in Ireland: Irreconcilable Tensions Between an ‘Irish Third Way’ of Voluntary Mutuality and Neoliberalism

    Pages 101-123

    Dobbins, Tony (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Developing Positive Employment Relations
Book Subtitle
International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership
Editors
  • Stewart Johnstone
  • Adrian Wilkinson
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-42772-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-42772-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42770-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 334
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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