The Warp and Weft of Ideas and Political Action
The relationship between ideas and policy development remains a woefully underdeveloped area of research in industrial and employment relations. This introductory chapter sets out a simple framework for approaching the question in terms of the public justification of the use of coercive power. The chapter proposes that the embedding of power in the law and other social institutions can only be based on a plausible argument that the use of that power will be in the public interest. It explores the intellectual context of the industrial relations policy debate in the UK in the late 1960s, setting the scene for the analysis of the changing argument about power at work that will unfold in the rest of the book.
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