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Political devolution and employment relations in Great Britain: the case of the Living Wage

Heery, Edmund ORCID:, Hann, Deborah ORCID: and Nash, David ORCID: 2020. Political devolution and employment relations in Great Britain: the case of the Living Wage. Industrial Relations Journal 51 (5) , pp. 391-409. 10.1111/irj.12306

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This article examines the role of the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales in promoting the voluntary Living Wage. It shows that active promotion of the Living Wage standard has emerged in both countries from a broader commitment to an economic policy of ‘inclusive growth’. Employment law is not a devolved matter, and the article identifies a broad range of economic incentives and soft forms of regulation that have been used by the devolved governments to promote the Living Wage in the absence of hard power to legislate. Non‐legislative forms of state intervention are often regarded sceptically, but the article shows that the attempts of devolved governments to spread the Living Wage have been impactful, particularly in Scotland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 August 2020
Date of Acceptance: 14 August 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 00:31

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