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Title: Rethinking the employment relationship: a neo-pluralist critique of British industrial relations orthodoxy
Authors: Ackers, Peter
Keywords: Employment relationship
History
Industrial relations
Pluralist
Radical
Sociology
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: ACKERS, P., 2014. Rethinking the employment relationship: a neo-pluralist critique of British industrial relations orthodoxy. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (18), pp.2608-2625.
Abstract: Radical pluralism, the mainstream perspective for British and European industrial relations, centres on a Marxian, sociological conception of the employment relationship, which structures explanations of power and conflict. This theoretical critique stresses the historical specificity of the experience of work and the explanatory limitations of the employment relationship. The intellectual history of radical pluralism is traced from Fox ((1974), Beyond Contract: Work, Power and Trust Relations, London: Faber) to Edwards ((1995, 2003), ‘The Employment Relationship,’ in Industrial Relations, ed. P. Edwards, Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 1–36) and Blyton and Turnbull ((1994, 1998, 2004), The Dynamics of Employee Relations, Basingstoke: Macmillan). Five objections to the radical-pluralist employment relationship are outlined and an alternative, neo-pluralist sociological and historical perspective is sketched.
Description: This is the submitted manuscript version of the paper. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2012.667429
Version: Submitted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.667429
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15012
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2012.667429
ISSN: 0958-5192
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