The frenzied pace of industrial restructuring and the emergence of new employment policies have focused attention on the role of employers in determining the quantity and quality of employment. Drawing on important new data, the authors test, modify, and challenge many of the current determinants of employer policy and how these influence employment structures and individual employment opportunities. The study effectively synthesizes debates on labor market segmentation, flexibility, post-Fordism, deskilling, the gendering of work, and industrial relations. In their extension of these debates, the authors make significant progress on three fronts: they suggest that the determinants of employer policy are complex and are also strongly related to product market conditions; they find that employee attitudes and perceptions are critical to the implementation and effectiveness of employer policy; and most importantly they explore the interdependency between internal employment policies and external labor market conditions.
`a valuable original work, providing clear theoretical analyses and new empirical data; the overall findings are effectively brought together in Rubery and Wilkinson's introduction. Labour market theorists will need to take account of the empirical evidence presented'
Work, Employment and Society
`An extremely valuable and important piece of empirical research. In themselves, the papers that make up these volumes are excellent.'
`The volume bears testimony to a need for public discussion of organisational and employment patterns to be based upon solid and sound empirical data rather than upon the speculative and anecdotal assumptions that shape so much of this debate in the media and in Business Schools.'
`This is a fascinating and most useful book ... One thing that makes this book especially significant is the use of extensive survey material of UK firms ... the volume should become a prominent landmark in the wide literature on these topics. The book clearly demonstrates that in some key respects our thinking has to change, especially concerning fundamental theoretical assumptions ... The volume under review can be regarded as an important contribution
to this tradition. It is strongly recommended.'
Economic and Industrial Democracy
Series: Social Change and Economic Life Initiative
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 6th October 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.66