Employment relations under coalition government in perspective

Stephen James Williams, Peter John Scott

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This chapter examines the UK coalition government’s neo-liberal emphasis on deregulation and austerity in comparative perspective. When it comes to interpreting change in employment relations, the UK’s position as a financialized, liberal market economy in the global capitalist system needs to be recognized. The experience of the UK under the coalition also points to the importance of appreciating the complexity of the regulatory environment in employment relations. While in policy terms the coalition government pursued a largely neo-liberal, deregulatory agenda, there were countervailing pressures, including those that emanated from the more social-democratic policies pursued by devolved administrations outside of England.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmployment relations under coalition government
Subtitle of host publicationThe UK experience, 2010-2015
EditorsSteve Williams, Peter Scott
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781138887008
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Employment Relations


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