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Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations

by Tony Dundon, Niall Cullinane and Adrian Wilkinson SAGE Publications Ltd
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Written to inform, challenge and entertain, A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations explains alternative ways of thinking about employment relations and industrial relations in a way that is easy to understand and enjoyable.


SAGE’s 'A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About' series shies away from the sterility of conventional textbooks, offering students an informal and accessible overview of the field that questions and challenges the traditional literature.


Introduction: why we wrote this book
2. Who is who in employment relations?
3. The rules of the game
4. Voices at Work
5. Conflict: calm, chaos and order
6. Underground employment relations
7. Conclusion: whither employment relations: is there a balance between efficiency, equity and voice?

Dundon, Cullinane & Wilkinson's A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Employment Relations may indeed be short and quirky. More importantly however it is substantial in content, balanced in approach and characterised by an engaging contemporary orientation, addressing as it does precarious work, low/zero hours contracts and the impact of technology and robotics on work and working lives. It also provides a critical and informed analysis of the impact of globalisation and financialisation. I have no doubt that students will like it. Who couldn't like an ER text that uses "Johnny Rotten's sneer" to illustrate the growth of radicalism in the 1970s?

Adrian Wilkinson - Director WOW Research Centre & Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia

Tony Dundon - Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Niall Cullinane