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Workplace Industrial Relations in Britain, 1980-2004

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  • Blanchflower, David G.

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    (Dartmouth College)

  • Bryson, Alex

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    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

  • Forth, John

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    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

Abstract

There was a time before the first Workplace Industrial Relations Survey (WIRS80) in 1980 when what we knew of industrial relations was based primarily upon small scale surveys and case studies. WIRS80 marked a radical departure in the study of industrial relations for two reasons. First, following in the footsteps of a small number of survey forerunners, it sought to ‘map’ industrial relations in Britain with nationally-representative large-scale surveys of workplace managers, thus permitting investigation of the incidence of practices and changes over time. Second, it focused on industrial relations institutions and outcomes, linking them to the processes of industrial relations that had been the chief focus of studies up until that point. This paper reflects on some of what we have learned in the five surveys over the quarter century since 1980, focusing selectively on the demise of collective IR, pay determination, union wage effects, variable pay, the climate of employment relations and union effects on employment growth.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2518.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
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Publication status: published in: Industrial Relations Journal, 2007, 38(4), 285-302
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  1. Richard Belfield & David Marsden, 2009. "Institutions and the Management of Human Resources: Incentive Pay Systems in France and Great Britain," CEP Discussion Papers, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE dp0941, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  2. Haile, Getinet Astatike, 2012. "Union Decline in Britain: Is Chauvinism Also to Blame?," IZA Discussion Papers 6536, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Panagiotopoulos, Miltiadis, 2005. "The Evolution of Trade Unions in Britain," MPRA Paper 4290, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2007.

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