British Journal of Industrial Relations
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- Nbr. 56-1, March 2018
- Nbr. 55-4, December 2017
- Nbr. 55-3, September 2017
- Nbr. 55-2, June 2017
- Nbr. 55-1, March 2017
- Nbr. 54-4, December 2016
- Nbr. 54-3, September 2016
- Nbr. 54-2, June 2016
- Nbr. 54-1, March 2016
- Nbr. 53-4, December 2015
- Nbr. 53-3, September 2015
- Nbr. 53-2, June 2015
- Nbr. 53-1, March 2015
- Nbr. 52-4, December 2014
- Nbr. 52-3, September 2014
- Nbr. 52-2, June 2014
- Nbr. 52-1, March 2014
- Nbr. 51-4, December 2013
- Nbr. 51-3, September 2013
- Nbr. 51-2, June 2013
- Developing Positive Employment Relations: International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership, edited by Stewart Johnstone and Adrian Wilkinson. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016, 334 pp., ISBN: 978‐1‐137‐42770‐0, £67.99, hardback.
- Sex Worker Unionization: Global Developments, Challenges and Possibilities, edited by Gregor Gall. Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2016, 226 pp., ISBN: 978‐1‐137‐32013‐1, $120.00, hardback.
- Government Regulation of International Corporate Social Responsibility in the US and the UK: How Domestic Institutions Shape Mandatory and Supportive Initiatives
While most scholarship on corporate social responsibility (CSR) focuses on company‐level CSR initiatives, it increasingly also examines government programs for CSR. However, research on how governments contribute to CSR has mainly focused on domestic and not international CSR challenges. This literature also does not specify whether governments shape CSR through mandatory regulation or supportive initiatives. This article adopts a process‐tracing approach to determine how governments regulate international CSR. It demonstrates that the legal and political systems in the liberal market economies of the UK and the US lead to different forms of public CSR regulation — notably in the areas of labour standards in apparel and tax transparency in extractives. The UK government has been more likely to support bottom‐up collaborative multi‐stakeholder initiatives, whereas the US government has favoured top‐down mandatory regulation.
- Corporate Social Responsibility and Labour Standards: Bridging Business Management and Employment Relations Perspectives
- Public Service Management and Employment Relations in Europe: Emerging from the Crisis, edited by Stephen Bach and Lorenzo Bordogna. Routledge, New York and London, 2016, 328 pp, ISBN: 978‐1‐138‐85146‐7, $144, hardback.
- Leveraging the Vertical: The Contested Dynamics of Sustainability Standards and Labour in Global Production Networks
Sustainability standards for tropical agriculture promise better trade and fairer labour conditions for smallholders. Recent research on labour suggests that, besides such standards, configurations of buyer–supplier relationships crucially shape economic and labour conditions. However, a static configurational approach overlooks the role of supplier and labour agency over time. Using a matched case comparison of two certified rural enterprises in Ecuador, this article shows that suppliers can leverage standards to create value from vertical relationships with buyers. However, standards do not, by themselves, directly contribute to better conditions. They do so indirectly only if suppliers manage to become competitive in an elite market, augmenting rather than dampening unequal trade conditions. This study contributes to recent theory seeking to explain uneven labour outcomes with sustainability standards in global production networks.
- Short‐Time Work and Employment Stability: Evidence from a Policy Change
This paper investigates whether short‐time work (STW) programmes achieve their stated goal of being devices intended to preserve jobs and keep workers employed in times of crisis. Our identification strategy exploits a change in the financial incentives provided to employers and employees for the temporary suspension of work contracts or the reduction of working time. We use longitudinal administrative data and estimate difference‐in‐differences regressions and instrumental variable bivariate probit models with endogenous covariates, which try to take account of the potential endogeneity of participation in STW. Our results suggest that discretionary policy changes in the incentives of STW schemes can be effective in the short run but they lose their ability when the decline in demand and the lack of work are more permanent.
- Globalization and Labour in the Twenty‐First Century, by Verity Burgmann. Routledge, Oxford, 2016, 262 pp., ISBN: 9780415528535, Price £100, hardback.
- No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age, by Jane F. McAlevey. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016, 272 pp., ISBN: 9780190624712, £22.99, hardback.
- Yearning to Labor: Youth, Unemployment, and Social Destiny in Urban France, by John P. Murphy. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2017, 294 pp., ISBN: 9780803294974, Price £39.00, hardback.
- (Re‐)Locating the Local and National in the Global: Multi‐Scalar Political Alignment in Transnational European Dockworker Union Campaigns
Labour activists have called for greater international co‐ordination among trade unions in response to the assault on organized labour by global capital, but such co‐ordination faces many hurdles. Under what conditions can unions overcome those barriers and co‐ordinate effectively to achieve...
- A Fair Day's Wage for a Fair Day's Work? – By Sheila Blackburn
- A Note on Absenteeism
- A ‘GO SLOW’ OR A ‘WORK TO RULE’?
- Age and Work‐Related Health: Insights from the UK Labour Force Survey
Data from the UK Labour Force Survey (LFS) are used to examine two methodological issues in the analysis of the relationship between age and work‐related health. First, the LFS is unusual in that it asks work‐related health questions to those who are not currently employed. This facilitates a more...
- Annual Review Article 1992
The article presents an overview of some of the significant developments in British industrial relations in 1992 from a managerial perspective. Against a background of deepening recession and redundancy, and some attempts to reorganize more flexibly, company approaches to equal opportunities, to...
- Assembling Women. The Feminization of Global Manufacturing – Edited by Teri L. Caraway
- Bargaining Levels and Relative Earnings in Northern Ireland in 1987
Individual level data is used to consider the effects of the union mark‐up on earnings in Northern Ireland and in particular to find out if a differential exists between bargaining groups as well as across covered and not covered workers. The results show that company (and to a lesser extent, UK...
- Beyond the Union‐Centred Approach: A Critical Evaluation of Recent Trade Union Elections in China
Many Western scholars have regarded union democracy and elections as affairs that are internal to trade unions and unconnected with outside forces. Going beyond the mainstream union‐centred approach, this study critically assesses one significant type of union election that has been emerging in...
- Blunting Neoliberalism — Tripartism and Economic Reforms in the Developing World – Edited by Lydia Fraile