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Unequal Britain at Work$
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Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, and Francis Green

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712848

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712848.001.0001

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Policies for Intrinsic Job Quality

Policies for Intrinsic Job Quality

(p.190) (p.191) 10 Policies for Intrinsic Job Quality
Unequal Britain at Work

Alan Felstead

Duncan Gallie

Francis Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses the possible policy responses to the persisting inequalities in work quality. It focuses in particular on the need for improvements in the intrinsic factors that underlie the widespread problem of work-related psychological ill-health. It begins with a critique of the laissez-faire assumptions of the neo-liberal perspective, emphasizing the strength of the case for enhanced government intervention in terms of the wider societal costs of poor job quality, the need to improve the information available to employers about the implications of choices about work organization, governments’ duty of care, and the principle of equity. It then turns to consider the types of policy intervention that might be effective in the case of the UK. It argues for an enhancement of employee involvement, stronger management standards procedures, a facilitation of individual legal redress, the extension of public procurement conditions, and greater employer transparency

Keywords:   job quality, policy intervention, intrinsic work conditions, employment regulation, employee involvement, management standards, legal redress, public procurement, transparency

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