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The Representation Gap: Change and Reform in the British and American Workplace

Brian Towers


For up to twenty years after the Second World War both in Britain and the US boasted ‘mature’ industrial relations systems supported by their governments and, allowing for some differences in degree, by most employers. Since the early 1980s, these systems have been critically weakened. This comparative industrial relations text explains this development primarily through the withdrawal of public policy support and, mainly in Britain's case, its replacement by government hostility. An important consequence of this is the erosion of the effective defence and representation of employee interests ... More

Keywords: Britain, United States, industrial relations, public policy, representation gap, trade unions, employees, employers, social stability, workplace

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289463
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Towers, author
University of Strathclyde