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Employment Relations in the Voluntary Sector

Struggling to Care, 1st Edition

By Ian Cunningham


244 pages

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This new book addresses the topical issues surrounding employment relations in UK voluntary organizations that operate within the quasi-market of social care. Combining an analysis of the established literature with in-depth qualitative field work, Ian Cunningham explores the nature of power relations between state and voluntary sector; implications of employment policy and subsequent pressures for change in pay and working conditions; the influence of trade unions in the sector; management’s capacity to resist external pressure and employee responses to this environment.

Cunningham’s focus on the employment relationship in this sector is unique, highlighting a complex and variable pattern of interdependence and subordination between government agencies and voluntary sector employers. The author examines the way in which financial pressures from the state coupled with weak unionization diminish working conditions, arguing that employee morale will not be sustained if the voluntary sector fails to maintain its autonomy and minimize its dependency on state funding.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Development of the State Voluntary Sector Relationship and its Impact on Employment Relations 3. Understanding the Psychological Contract in the Voluntary Sector 4. Research Methods 5. Voluntary Sector Work and Employment Relations in the Quasi-Market 6. Case Study 1 7. Case Study 2 8. Case Study 3 9. Conclusion and Discussion

About the Author

Ian Cunningham is Senior Lecturer in HRM at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations

Voluntary and non-profit organizations are playing an increasingly significant role, worldwide, in the provision and management of public services. Drawing together significant and ground breaking research, this series will be essential reading for students of public policy and management as well as the thinking manager. Topics covered include the management of innovation and change, financial management, performance evaluation and management and organizational development and project management.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management