Business and the limited reconstruction of industrial relations in the UK in the 1970s
AbstractIndustrial relations were reconstructed in the UK in the 1970s, but only in a limited way. This article examines how business preserved ultimate managerial prerogative in the organisation of the firm and the workplace by constraining the process of reconstruction. The analysis contributes to understanding of business in the 1970s and varieties of capitalism literature on comparative political economy by suggesting that changes in industrial relations were accepted by business only where congruent with corporate strategy. Evidence comes from industrial relations surveys and the Bullock Inquiry on board-level worker participation.
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Bibliographic InfoArticle provided by Taylor and Francis Journals in its journal Business History.
Volume (Year): 51 (2009)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
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