Why Partnership Cannot Work and Why Militant Alternatives Can: Historical and Contemporary Evidence

  • Andrew Danford
  • Mike Richardson


Approaching 20 years have passed since the election of Tony Blair’s New Labour government in 1997. One of that government’s more salient employment policy initiatives was the promotion of workplace partnership as a key component of its drive to ‘modernise’ workplace relations. This development generated intense academic interest, both supportive and critical, in the potential of partnership to re-shape traditions of low-trust, adversarial industrial relations in the UK.


Trade Union Union Membership Union Density Union Relation Formal Partnership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Danford
    • 1
  • Mike Richardson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ManagementUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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