Developing Positive Employment Relations

International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership

  • Stewart Johnstone
  • Adrian Wilkinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Conceptual Debates

  3. National Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Adrienne E. Eaton, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Saul A. Rubinstein
      Pages 125-153
    3. Ying Xu, Glenn Patmore, Paul J Gollan
      Pages 155-180
  4. Partnership Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Jonathan Hoskin, Stewart Johnstone, Peter Ackers
      Pages 209-228
    3. Tony Dobbins, Tony Dundon
      Pages 229-247
    4. Dhara Shah, Ying Xu, Paul.J Gollan, Adrian Wilkinson
      Pages 281-303
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 327-334

About this book


Offering a critical assessment of the main conceptual debates concerning labour management partnership and cooperation at the workplace, this book evaluates the search for positive employment relations in five countries. The provision of collective employee representation, normally through trade unions, is central to most definitions of labour management partnership, and the aim is to develop collaborative relationships between unions, employers and employee representatives for the benefit all parties.  While traditionally associated with employment relations in the coordinated market economies of the continental European nations, partnership approaches have attracted increasing attention in recent decades in the liberal market economies of the UK, Ireland, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Developing Positive Employment Relations assesses the conceptual debates, reviews the employment relations context in each of these countries, and provides workplace case studies of the dynamics of partnership at the enterprise level.


Partnership Cooperation Trade Unions Employee participation Employee voice

Editors and affiliations

  • Stewart Johnstone
    • 1
  • Adrian Wilkinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle University Business SchoolNewcastle UniversityNewcastle Upon TyneUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia

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