Reconceptualising employer associations under evolving employment relations: countervailing power revisited

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Title Reconceptualising employer associations under evolving employment relations: countervailing power revisited
Author Barry, Michael John; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Work, Employment and Society
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract The decline of institutional industrial relations has led to a major reassessment of the way that traditional industrial relations actors operate. Yet, the debate about institutional change has been characteristically asymmetrical in as much as some institutional actors have figured extensively while others have been much less prominent. Historically, employer coordination has not captured the attention of the industrial relations community and there are relatively few contemporary studies of the activities of employer associations. The purpose of this article is to review and critique the literature on employer associations and explain how the traditional concept of countervailing power can be developed to reconceptualise employer coordination. We then argue for a research agenda to re-examine employer associations in light of ongoing changes to employment relations systems that require these bodies to revise the ways that they coordinate employer interests.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389229
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 The Authors. 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 25
Issue Number 1
Page from 149
Page to 162
ISSN 0950-0170
Date Accessioned 2011-11-14; 2012-05-01T23:25:39Z
Date Available 2012-05-01T23:25:39Z
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44742
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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