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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Reassessing the Employment Relationship

ISBN 9780230221727
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Management, Work and Organisations

Reassessing the Employment Relationship is an edited volume written by leading academics at Cardiff Business School. Reflecting on the employment relationship as one of the central institutions of advanced capitalist economies, it provides an extensive survey of the changing world of work. The book offers a multi-disciplinary analysis of the contemporary workplace, and focuses on the key influences that are shaping the employment relationship - globalization, financialization, regulation and the search for ethical standards in human resource management. There is insightful and authoritative treatment of some of the main developments in the employment relationship, such as the rise of knowledge and customer service work, increasing income inequality, new forms of management control over work, the spread of non-union industrial relations and the rise to prominence of work-life integration.

Reassessing the Employment Relationship provides a critical yet accessible look at the changing employment relationship, and is an indispensible aid to students studying Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Organizational Studies, and Business Ethics.

PAUL BLYTON is Professor of Industrial Relations and Industrial Sociology at Cardiff University, UK.

EDMUND HEERY is Professor of Employment Relations at Cardiff University, UK.

PETER TURNBULL is Professor of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations at Cardiff University, UK.

PAUL BLYTON is Professor of Industrial Relations and Industrial Sociology at the University of Cardiff, UK.

EDMUND HEERY is Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Cardiff, UK.

PETER TURNBULL is Professor of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations at the University of Cardiff, UK.

The Critical Future of HRM Research
Personnel Economics and the Employment Relationship
New Forms of Control in Contemporary Work Organizations
Reassessing Identities in and of Organizations
Reassessing Markets and the Employment Relationship
Reassessing Governance and the Employment Relationship
Reassessing Employment Law
Bringing Employment Cack In: a Critique of Current Theorising of Inter-organizational Relations
Customer Service and Customer Service Work; E.OgbonnaWork and Non-Work Life: an Assessment
Assessing Voice
Managing Knowledge Work: Towards a Critical Understanding
The Future of Equality Agendas: the Problems of Intersectionality in Theory and Practice
The Employment Relationship in the Public Sector: Does it Retain its Distinctiveness?
Ask Not What HRM Can Do for Performance but What HRM Did to Performance
Wages and the Employment Relationship – Low Pay, High Pay and Occupational Pay
Reassessing Varieties of Capitalism: the Changing Employment Relationship in Germany and Japan
Globalization and Employment Relations
Ethics, Employment and Poverty in the Global Market Place


Reassessing the Employment Relationship is a first-rate collection of critical, lucid and thought-provoking essays on a wide range of employment-related topics. Teachers of advanced undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses will find plenty of material for reading lists and researchers will find an abundance of well-referenced insights and arguments in this scholarly work.' - John Kelly, Professor of Industrial Relations, Birkbeck University
'Essential reading for students seeking to understanding contemporary employment relations.' - Nicholas Bacon, Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Nottingham
'Reassessing the Employment Relations provides a timely and wide-ranging assessment of the changing nature, conditions and regulation of work in an increasingly global context. The book charts the continuities and changes that increasingly shape the employment relationship and identifies searching and challenging questions for our understanding of the future of work and employment. Destined to be a classic text, it is a must read for all scholars, students and practitioners of employment relations.' - Mark Stuart, Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, University of Leeds
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