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The Conditions Promoting Compromise in the Workplace

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  • Jacques Bélanger
  • Paul Edwards

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A previous article developed a framework to understand workplace co-operation. We now elaborate on the key structuring conditions (technology, product markets and institutional regulation) generating different patterns and illustrate from field research how these different workplace regimes develop. Conditions generating positive and sustainable outcomes for both capital and labour are feasible but rare; stronger 'beneficial constraints' are needed if they are to be made more frequent. This article provides an alternative to current interpretations of labour-management co-operation in the industrial relations literature. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007.

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  • Jacques Bélanger & Paul Edwards, 2007. "The Conditions Promoting Compromise in the Workplace," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 45(4), pages 713-734, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:45:y:2007:i:4:p:713-734
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    1. Anthony Dobbins & Tony Dundon, 2015. "Irish workplace partnership: unbridgeable tensions between an 'Irish third way' of voluntary mutuality and neo-liberal forces," Working Papers 15011, Bangor Business School, Prifysgol Bangor University (Cymru / Wales).

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