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The purpose of this book is to evaluate the debate on partnership, using original research data. Samuel provides a novel categorisation with which to synthesise and clarify a highly diverse literature on labour-management partnership, thus helping to refine the contemporary partnership debate. Secondly, he clarifies the circumstances under which '¨‹effective'¨" labour-management partnership is possible, while simultaneously elaborating why the achievement of '¨‹mutual gains'¨" is highly improbable in a liberal-market context. Thirdly, the book presents an integrated analysis of the interplay between macro-, meso- (industry) and micro-level factors. Fourthly, the research design enables the study to go beyond the case studies to make defendable empirical generalizations at the level of the industry. Finally, it advances a theoretical explanation of labour-management partnerships in '¨‹liberal market'¨" economies by bridging two opposing neo-institutional positions in the social sciences.
Table of Contents
Contents, 1. Perspectives on partnership 2. Research methods and two pairs of cases 3. The structural origins of partnership 4. Management and trade union motives for partnership 5. The forms of partnership 6. Employer outcomes 7. Trade union and employee outcomes 8. The prospects for partnership