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Introducing Employment Relations

A Critical Approach

Fifth Edition

Steve Williams

March 2020

ISBN: 9780198835530

512 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

Price: £44.99

The most trusted and thought-provoking introduction to employment relations, this new and extensively updated edition draws on the most up-to-date research and contemporary examples to help students develop their knowledge, understanding and critical assessment of the main issues relating to employment relations.

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The most trusted and thought-provoking introduction to employment relations, this new and extensively updated edition draws on the most up-to-date research and contemporary examples to help students develop their knowledge, understanding and critical assessment of the main issues relating to employment relations.

  • The book's critical approach moves beyond a descriptive narrative to ensure students are challenged and can appreciate the complexities inherent in the subject.
  • A wealth of learning features, including 'international perspectives', 'contesting employment relations' and 'insight into practice' boxes offer students a variety of perspectives as well historic, legal, and cultural context.
  • A wide range of up-to-date research, contemporary examples and case studies are used to guide students through the real world of work, employment, and employment relations.
  • An accessible writing style and the thematic organization of the book engages students from the start, and clarifies the often complex and multifaceted issues.

New to this edition

  • Coverage on Alternative Dispute Resolutions has been significantly expanded in chapter 10 and now includes a new 'international perspective' box on mandatory arbitration in the United States.
  • Additional coverage of the impact of Brexit and the effects of populist politics, and new forms of working - e.g. gig economy, casualization and automation - are included for this edition.
  • Case studies, insights and perspectives have been increased in number and geographical variety to further support students in making the link between theory and practice.
  • A new key concepts feature has been included at the start of each chapter to help students understand and define the main issues relating to the chapter.
  • A new lecturer guide has been included as part of the online resources, in which the author offers advice on how each chapter can be taught.

About the Author(s)

Steve Williams, Reader in Employment Relations, University of Portsmouth

Dr Steve Williams is a Reader in Employment Relations at the University of Portsmouth.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introducing employment relations
    1: The nature of employment relations
    Part 2: The dimensions of employment relations
    2: Employment relations in the contemporary economy
    3: The politics of employment relations
    4: Social divisions and employment relations
    Part 3: Key elements of employment relations
    5: Managing employment relations
    6: Trade unions and worker representation
    7: Pay determination and employment relations
    8: Working time and employment relations
    Part 4: Conflict and employment relations
    9: Labour conflict and employment relations
    10: Resolving labour conflict
    Part 5: Employment relations: Perspectives and prospects
    11: Globalization and employment relations
    12: Conclusion: Understanding employment relations

Reviews

"This book provides a comprehensive and critical account of contemporary UK employee relations." - Bob Smale, Brighton University

"This book is very up-to-date on contemporary research with various national and international examples that encourage students to think critically about employment relations." - Marilena Antoniadou, Manchester Metropolitan University

"A comprehensive and up-to-date book on employment relations. Easily accessible, full of useful examples and case studies that make things clear to students. Has a good relationship between theory and practice and is structured in a clear way." - Jane Holgate, University of Leeds

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