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Managing labour: UK and Australian employers in comparative perspective

McIvor, Arthur J. and Wright, Christopher (2005) Managing labour: UK and Australian employers in comparative perspective. Labour History, 88. pp. 45-62. ISSN 0023-6942

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Abstract

The exceptionalism of Australian industrial relations has long been asserted. In particular, the Australian system of industrial arbitration has been argued to contrast markedly with other countries, such as Britain, which developed a more 'voluntarist' model of industrial regulation. However this distinction relies upon limited historical research of workplace-level developments. In this paper, we focus on a comparative analysis of employer practice in British and Australian workplaces during the first half of the twentieth century. While we find some differences in the nature and extent of management control between the British and Australian experience, what is more striking are the strong similarities in employer practice in work organisation, employment and industrial relations. While economic and institutional factors explain differences in employer practice, fundamental similarities appear to relate to the close economic and social linkages between British and Australian business.

Item type: Article
ID code: 4005
Keywords: labour, Australia, United Kingdom, industrial relations, employer practice, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Management. Industrial Management
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2007
Last modified: 04 Oct 2012 12:14
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/4005

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