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A Tale of Two Cities: Employer and trade union responses to local government retrenchment in Britain

A Tale of Two Cities: Employer and trade union responses to local government retrenchment in Britain

Bach, Stephen and Stroleny, Alexandra (2017) A Tale of Two Cities: Employer and trade union responses to local government retrenchment in Britain. Sociologie du travail, 59 (1). ISSN 0038-0296 (doi:https://doi.org/10.4000/sdt.544)

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Abstract

This paper examines the strategies and dilemmas faced by local employers and trade unions in Britain in responding to austerity measures. Drawing on two local authority case studies this paper extends strategic choice analysis highlighting the use of pro-austerity and anti-austerity frames by local actors to advance their strategies. We challenge the dominant interpretation of austerity as signalling the triumph of neo-liberalism in which there is no scope for the exercise of strategic choice with the assumption Conservative and Labour councils pursue similar policies of outsourcing and wage cuts. Our findings consider austerity as practice as well as ideology and indicate variable responses at local level by employers and trade unions. These differentiated outcomes underline the divergent policy responses to the economic crisis between and within countries.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local Government, Employers, Outsourcing, Strategic Choice, Trade Unions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 14:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 2
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23570

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