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Rethinking Industrial Relations
Mobilisation, Collectivism and Long Waves

ISBN 9780415186735
Published June 5, 1998 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This original book is a wide-ranging, radical and highly innovative critique of the prevailing orthodoxies within industrial relations and human resource management. It covers:

  • central problems in industrial relations
  • the mobilization theory of collective action
  • the growth of non-union workplaces and the prospects and desirability of a new labour-management social partnership
  • an historical account of worker collectivism, organization and militancy and state or employer counter mobilization
  • a critique of postmodernism and accounts of the end of the labour movement

Containing a detailed examination of the evolution of industrial relations, it argues that the area is often under-theorized and influenced by the policy agenda of the state or employers, and will prove informative reading for students of industrial relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Field of Industrial Relations

3. Mobilization Theory

4. Mobilization and Industrial Relations

5. Olsonian Theory and Collective Action: a critique

6. Long Waves in Industrial Relations

7. Postmodernism and the End of the Labour Movement

8. Conclusions

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John Kelly


'One of the key and outstanding contributions to the study of employment and industrial relations in the last generation.' - Gregor Gall and Jane Holgate, Economic and Industrial Democracy

'One of the most important theoretical developments in contemporary IR scholarship.' - Martin Behrens and Andreas Pekarek

'Ambitious and provocative' - The Journal of Industrial Relations