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International Studies in Governance, Change and the Work Environment





ISBN 9780895038180
Published March 30, 2014 by Routledge
268 Pages

 
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As the title <em>Safety or Profit?</em> suggests, health and safety at work needs to be understood in the context of the wider political economy. This book brings together contributions informed by this view from internationally recognized scholars. It reviews the governance of health and safety at work, with special reference to Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Three main aspects are discussed. The restructuring of the labor market: this is considered with respect to precarious work and to gender issues and their implications for the health and safety of workers. The neoliberal agenda: this is examined with respect to the diminished power of organized labor, decriminalization, and new governance theory, including an examination of how well the health-and-safety-at-work regimes put in place in many industrial societies about forty years ago have fared and how distinctive the recent emphasis on self-regulation in several countries really is. The role of evidence: there is a dearth of evidence-based policy. The book examines how policy on health and safety at work is formulated at both company and state levels. Cases considered include the scant regard paid to evidence by an official inquiry into future strategy in Canada; the lack of evidence-based policy and the reluctance to observe the precautionary principle with respect to work-related cancer in the United Kingdom; and the failure to learn from past mistakes in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Charts

Abbreviations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction
David Walters and Theo Nichols

PART I. ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING, LABOR MARKET STRATIFICATION, AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY

Chapter 1. Precarity and Workplace Well-Being: A General Review
Michael Quinlan

Chapter 2. A Gender Perspective on Work, Regulation, and Their Effects on Women’s Health, Safety and Well-Being
Katherine Lippel and Karen Messing

PART II. NEW GOVERNANCE, ORGANIZED LABOR, DEREGULATION, DECRIMINALIZATION, AND THE NEO-LIBERAL AGENDA

Chapter 3. Resilience Within a Weaker Work Environment System—The Position and Influence of Swedish Safety Representatives
Kaj Frick

Chapter 4. Old Lessons for New Governance: Safety or Profit and the New Conventional Wisdom
Eric Tucker

Chapter 5. Safety, Profits, and the New Politics of Regulation
Steve Tombs and David Whyte

Chapter 6. Decriminalization of Health and Safety at Work in Australia
Richard Johnstone

PART III. THE ROLE AND LIMITS OF EVIDENCE

Chapter 7. Competing Interests at Play? The Struggle for Occupational Cancer Prevention in the UK
Andrew Watterson

Chapter 8. The Limits and Possibilities of the Structures and Procedures for Health and Safety Regulation in Ontario, Canada
Wayne Lewchuk

Chapter 9. From Piper Alpha to Deepwater Horizon
Charles Woolfson

Afterword
Theo Nichols and David Walters

References

Meet the Contributors

Index

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