The British Industrial Relations Paradigm: A Critical Outline History and Prognosis

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Title The British Industrial Relations Paradigm: A Critical Outline History and Prognosis
Author Ackers, Peter; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Year Published 2005
Place of publication London
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract This article reflects critically on the history of the British pluralist industrial relations (IR) paradigm, from its foundation by Flanders and Clegg at Oxford in the 1950s, through its development and consolidation in both public policy and academic circles. No sooner was the paradigm firmly established with the 1968 Donovan Report and 1970 foundation of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University (among other markers), than it faced new challenges and, arguably breakdown. These challenges came, first, from 1970s New Left Marxism, riding on a tide of industrial and student unrest, and then from 1980s Thatcherism and the destruction of workplace industrial relations. The article concludes by outlining six main strengths of the British IR paradigm and looking forward to how IR can regain its relevance in the very different world of work that lies ahead.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 Industrial Relations Society of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 47
Issue Number 4
Page from 443
Page to 456
ISSN 0022-1856
Date Accessioned 2006-07-06
Date Available 2015-05-12T05:12:28Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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