Industrial Relations, The Economy and Society, 4e

John Godard     

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-235-4 (2011)
526 pages, 880 g, 6.875 X 9.75, $59.50 (US$47.50)
 

An excellent text for students of industrial relations, sociology, labour studies, economics and management programs.

Industrial Relations, the Economy, and Society does more than simply inform, it engages, making for lively discussion and ultimately more thoughtful and informed readers. The book contains highly accessible coverage of conventional topic areas, including the history of industrial relations, contemporary employer practices, labour unions, labour law, collective bargaining, and contract administration. Yet it also includes coverage of broader economic and social issues relevant to the study of labour and employment relations in both the union and non-union sectors. Readers are thus able not only to develop a strong practical knowledge of Canadian industrial relations, but also to ground this knowledge in a deeper understanding of these relations and the broader issues and debates that surround them. This latest edition incorporates up-to-date statistics relevant to the study of industrial relations (e.g., strike activity, union membership, income inequality) as well as recent developments in the literature. It also streamlines the previous edition. The chapters on management practices and the effects of high performance practices have been merged and edited down, as have the chapters on contemporary developments and contemporary alternatives.

A leading textbook in industrial relations at the university level, this book is valuable both as a primary and as a supplementary text for students of industrial relations, sociology, labour studies, economics and management programs. A well-known researcher but a teacher also, John Godard has written the book with a teacher's mind. To maximize teaching flexibility, each chapter is complete by itself and can be taught individually without affecting the reader's ability to understand subsequent chapters. This enables instructors to select contents that they consider most suited to their course.

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Preface

CHAPTER 1      FOUNDATIONS: Concepts, Issues, and Debates

CHAPTER 2      THE BROADER DEBATE:

Three Theses on the Nature and Development of Industrial Relations,
the Economy, and Society

CHAPTER 3      UNDERSTANDING LABOUR–MANAGEMENT RELATIONS

CHAPTER 4      WORK AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

CHAPTER 5      CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

CHAPTER 6      UNDERSTANDING AND EXPLAINING MANAGEMENT

CHAPTER 7      LABOUR UNIONS AS INSTITUTIONS

CHAPTER 8      LABOUR UNIONS AS ORGANIZATIONS

CHAPTER 9      THE ROLE OF THE STATE

CHAPTER 10    UNDERSTANDING THE STATE

CHAPTER 11    LABOUR LAW: The Regulation of Labour–Management Relations

CHAPTER 12    COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: Structure, Process, and Outcomes

CHAPTER 13    STRIKES AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION

CHAPTER 14    THE GRIEVANCE AND GRIEVANCE ARBITRATION PROCESSES

CHAPTER 15    THE COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT: Content and Issues

CHAPTER 16    CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS, CHALLENGES, AND ALTERNATIVES

Bibliography • Glossary • Index

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