'No leg to stand on': The moral economy of Australian industrial relations changes

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Title 'No leg to stand on': The moral economy of Australian industrial relations changes
Author Bailey, Janis Mary; Macdonald, Fiona; Whitehouse, Gillian
Journal Name Economic and Industrial Democracy: an international journal
Editor Lars Magnusson and Jan Ottosson
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Abstract Labour law changes in Australia in 2006 significantly reconfigured industrial relations institutions and the balance of power in the employment relationship – in favour of employers and against the low-paid in particular. This article analyses the changes as they affected low-waged women workers, using a moral economy framework. While acknowledging the importance of material rewards, a moral economy perspective focuses on aspects of work that are not reducible to the terms of the market. The article analyses how women articulated the effects of the legislation, and how work institutions embody moral conceptions, demonstrating how labour law change can markedly disrupt the underlying, taken-for-granted moral economy.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831X11419687
Volume 33
Issue Number 3
Page from 441
Page to 461
ISSN 0143-831X
Date Accessioned 2012-01-18
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43266
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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