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The Changing Institutional Face of British Employment Relations

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Edited by: Linda Dickens, Alan C. Neal

ISBN13: 9789041125415
ISBN: 9041125418
Published: March 2006
Publisher: Kluwer Law International
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00



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Employment protection in Britain, once seen as resting on collective bargaining supported by public policy, has increasingly come to be framed in terms of individual legal rights, enforceable before judicial forums such as employment tribunals. This dramatic shift towards juridification of the individual employment relationship has not only contributed towards significant changes to the institutional `landscape of employment relations in Britain, but also carries important implications for the future of employment law and regulation in `the home of collective bargaining.

This comprehensive evaluation of current institutional reality and trends prepared to mark the 30th anniversary of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) provides a unique look inside the key institutions of British employment relations. Each contributor leading academics and senior practitioners, all closely associated with particular institutions locates their institution in terms of purpose, origins, and context, discusses its structure, governance and composition, and assesses its operation, considering current challenges and future direction.

In the course of examining issues relating to institutional choice and roles, the presentations offer contemporary views on the impact of decentralisation and the shrinking of collective bargaining, decline in trade union membership and strength, and the political effects of increasing global competition. The influence of EU social policy initiatives upon British legislative policy is identified, while attention is drawn to the consequences of an increased feminisation of the workforce, along with an increasing incidence of `non-standard workers and continuing service sector growth. Set alongside the evidence of decline in manufacturing, restructuring of the public sector, and the growth of the SME sector, this volume demonstrates the remarkable pressures for change which have impacted upon the institutions of British employment relations over the past thirty years.

These essays offer an especially valuable mix of expert independent discussion along with personal insights gained from direct involvement in the operation of the key bodies. As a much-needed overview and basis for evaluation of the current institutional map of British employment relations, as well as a contemporary consideration of lessons to be drawn from the changing institutional face of employment relations in Britain, this book will be of inestimable value to policy-makers and practitioners in the field, as well as to students, academics, and more generally interested observers of the British experience.

Series: Series in Employment and Social Policy

Collective Agreements and Individual Contracts of Employment
ISBN 9789041121905
Published October 2003
Kluwer Law International
£123.00
Effective Enforcement of EC Labour Law ISBN 9789041121608
Published May 2003
Kluwer Law International
£111.00
A Decade Beyond Maastricht: the European Social Dialogue Revisited ISBN 9789041121639
Published January 2003
Kluwer Law International
£77.00
The Legal Protection of the Pregnant Worker in the European Community ISBN 9789041118424
Published August 2002
Kluwer Law International
£151.00
Quality of Work and Employee Involvement in Europe
ISBN 9789041118851
Published August 2002
Kluwer Law International
£111.00
From Rights to Management
Terry CarneyFaculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia, Gaby . Ramia
ISBN 9789041118899
Published August 2002
Kluwer Law International
£88.00
Dutch Social Security Law in an International Context
Frans PenningsTilburg University, Netherlands
ISBN 9789041118875
Published July 2002
Kluwer Law International
£100.00
Labour Law, Human Rights and Social Justice
ISBN 9789041116970
Published November 2001
Kluwer Law International
£111.00
Legal Perspectives on Equal Treatment and Non-discrimination
ISBN 9789041116659
Published August 2001
Kluwer Law International
£128.00
What Future for Social Security?
Jochen ClasenUniversity of Sterling, Scotland
ISBN 9789041116710
Published July 2001
Kluwer Law International
£88.00
£93.00
Transnational Labour Regulation ISBN 9789041115836
Published June 2001
Kluwer Law International
£100.00
The ILO and the Social Challenges of the 21st Century
ISBN 9789041115720
Published April 2001
Kluwer Law International
£82.00
Job Creation and Labour Law ISBN 9789041114327
Published September 2000
Kluwer Law International
£120.00