The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations
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The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations



© 2008 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This handbook is an indispensable teaching, research and reference guide for anyone interested in issues of labour and employment. The editors have assembled a top-flight group of authors and the end-product is an encompassing state-of-the-art review of the industrial relations field' - Professor Bruce E Kaufman, AYSPS, Georgia State University

'This Handbook will quickly become the standard reference in industrial relations research. It provides the most comprehensive and challenging presentation of the key theoretical debates and topics of research that will shape our field well into the 21st century. All who wish to contribute to this field will need to read this volume and then build on what these authors have to say' - Professor Thomas A. Kochan, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research

'This authoritative panorama of the field demonstrates the contemporary vitality, breadth and critical depth of industrial relations scholarship and research. Thirty-four stimulating essays, by an international blend of leading academics, expertly review the analytical and empirical state of play across all aspects of industrial relations enquiry. In doing so, a rich agenda for further scholarly endeavour emerges' - Paul Marginson, University of Warwick

Over the last two decades, a number of factors have converged to produce a major rethink about the field of Industrial Relations. Globalization, the decline of trade unions, the spread of high performance work systems and the emergence of a more feminized, flexible work-force have opened new avenues of inquiry. The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations charts these changes and analyzes them. It provides a systematic, comprehensive survey of the field.

The book is organized into four interrelated sections:

" Theorizing Industrial Relations

" The changing institutions that shape employment practice

" The processes used by governments, employers and unions

" Income inequality, employee wellbeing, business performance and national comparative advantages

The result is a work of unprecedented scope and unparalleled ambition. It offers a compete guide to the central debates, new developments and emerging themes in the field. It will quickly be recognized as the indispensable reference for Teachers, Students and Researchers. It is relevant to economists, lawyers, sociologists, business and management researchers and Industrial Relations specialists.

Edmund Heery, Nick Bacon, Paul Blyton and Jack Fiorito
Introduction: The Field of Industrial Relations
Part One PERSPECTIVES AND APPROACHES
Carola Frege
The History of Industrial Relations as a Field of Study
Peter Ackers and Adrian Wilkinson
Industrial Relations and the Social Sciences
Edmund Heery
System And Change In Industrial Relations Analysis
John W Budd and Devasheesh Bhave
Values, Ideologies, and Frames of Reference in Industrial Relations
William Brown
The Influence of Product Markets on Industrial Relations
Kerstin Hamann and John Kelly
Varieties of Capitalism and Industrial Relations
Stephen Procter
New Forms of Work and the High Performance Paradigm
George Strauss and Keith Whitfield
Changing Traditions in Industrial Relations Research
Part Two THE ACTORS IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS
Jack Fiorito and Paul Jarley
Trade Union Morphology
Peter Boxall
Trade Union Strategy
Franz Traxler
Employer Organizations
Nicolas Bacon
Management Strategy and Industrial Relations
Richard Hyman
The State in Industrial Relations
Simon Deakin and Wanjiru Njoya
The Legal Framework of Employment Relations
Marick F. Masters, Mr Ray Gibney, Ms Iryna Shevchuk and Tom Zagenczyk
The State as Employer
Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick
International Actors and International Regulation
Jean Jenkins and Paul Blyton
Works Councils
Charles Heckscher
The Evolution of Stakeholder Regimes: Beyond Neo-Corporatism
Part Three INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS PROCESSES
John Godard
Union Formation
Robert J. Flanagan
The Changing Structure of Collective Bargaining
Ann Frost
The High Performance Work Systems Literature in Industrial Relations
Russell D. Lansbury and Nick Wailes
Employee Involvement and Direct Participation
David Lewin
Resolving Conflict
Part Four INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS OUTCOMES
Daniel G. Gallagher
Contingent Work Arrangements
Alex Bryson and John Forth
The Theory and Practice of Pay Setting
Paul Blyton
Working Time and Work-Life Balance
David Guest
Worker Well-Being
Ali Dastmalchian
Industrial Relations Climate
Barbara Pocock
Equality at Work
Gregor Gall and Robert Hebdon
Conflict at Work
Irena Grugulis
Skill Formation
John T. Delaney
Industrial Relations and Business Performance
Richard B. Freeman
Labor Market Institutions around the World

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Chapter Two PDF


This handbook is an indispensable teaching, research and reference guide for anyone interested in issues of labour and employment. The editors have assembled a top-flight group of authors and the end-product is an encompassing state-of-the-art review of the industrial relations field' - Professor Bruce E Kaufman, AYSPS, Georgia State University

'This Handbook will quickly become the standard reference in industrial relations research. It provides the most comprehensive and challenging presentation of the key theoretical debates and topics of research that will shape our field well into the 21st century. All who wish to contribute to this field will need to read this volume and then build on what these authors have to say' - Professor Thomas A. Kochan, MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research

'This authoritative panorama of the field demonstrates the contemporary vitality, breadth and critical depth of industrial relations scholarship and research. Thirty-four stimulating essays, by an international blend of leading academics, expertly review the analytical and empirical state of play across all aspects of industrial relations enquiry. In doing so, a rich agenda for further scholarly endeavour emerges' - Paul Marginson, University of Warwick

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