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Contemporary employer interest representation in the United Kingdom

Gooberman, Leon ORCID:, Hauptmeier, Marco ORCID: and Heery, Edmund ORCID: 2018. Contemporary employer interest representation in the United Kingdom. Work, Employment and Society 32 (1) , pp. 114-132. 10.1177/0950017017701074

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Focussing on employers’ organisations in the United Kingdom, this article contributes to the literature on employer interest representation by advancing three interrelated arguments, which reflect how the methods, structure and interests of employer representation have evolved. First, the primary method of collective interest representation has shifted from collective bargaining, nowadays only pursued by a minority of employers’ organisations, to political representation, now the most frequent form of collective interest representation. Second, the structure of employer interest representation has evolved and is fragmented between a small number of large, general employers’ organisations, a large majority of sectoral employers’ organisations, regional interest representation in the devolved nations, which has become more important, and a new type of employer body, the employer forum, which focusses on corporate social responsibility. Third, the shift in collective interest representation is complemented by a broadening of individual interest representation, with employers’ organisations having developed a wide range of services.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective interests, employer, employer associations, employer forums, employer interest representation, employers' organisations, employment relations, individual interests, lobbying, United Kingdom.
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0950-0170
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 February 2017
Date of Acceptance: 31 January 2017
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 12:00

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