Edmund Heery is at Cardiff Business School. Brian Abbott is at Kingston University. Stephen Williams is at Portsmouth University.
The Involvement of Civil Society Organizations in British Industrial Relations: Extent, Origins and Significance
Article first published online: 1 JUL 2010
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2010
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 47–72, March 2012
How to Cite
Heery, E., Abbott, B. and Williams, S. (2012), The Involvement of Civil Society Organizations in British Industrial Relations: Extent, Origins and Significance. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 47–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2010.00803.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 1 JUL 2010
- Final version accepted on 2 April 2010.
This article examines the involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in UK industrial relations. Organizations of this type, including advocacy, campaigning, identity and community organizations have attracted increasing attention from employment relations scholars in recent years. The study reported in this article demonstrates that CSOs have become increasingly active in the sphere of work and employment, partly in response to trade union decline but also owing to political opportunities, afforded by the labour market policy of the New Labour government. It is claimed that CSOs operate at multiple levels of the industrial relations system and interact with the state, employers and trade unions. They generate significant effects within UK industrial relations and can rightly be judged significant ‘new actors’ on the UK employment scene.