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The quality of work in Britain over the economic crisis

Gallie, Duncan, Felstead, Alan, Green, Francis and Inanc, Hande 2014. The quality of work in Britain over the economic crisis. International Review of Sociology 24 (2) , pp. 207-224. 10.1080/03906701.2014.933023

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Abstract

Previous research on trends in the quality of work in Britain was carried out in a period marked by long-term growth and increasing prosperity. Although often taken as an exemplar case of a ‘liberal’ regime, the implications of an emphasis on deregulation and work-force flexibility for employees’ quality of work are arguably less serious when labour markets are tight and the market power of employees may oblige employers to be concerned about the retention and commitment of the work-force. The prolonged economic crisis that followed the economic recession of 2008–2009, however, provides a more severe test of the implications of a relatively deregulated employment regime for employee welfare. It is precisely under conditions of high unemployment and weak bargaining power that it could be expected to facilitate a sharp reassertion of employer prerogatives both to shed labour and to restructure work processes. Did the economic crisis, then, lead to major changes in work and employment conditions in the UK?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality of work, economic crisis, Britain
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0390-6701
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 14:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/67740

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