Bruce E. Kaufman is at Georgia State University; Griffith University and University of Hertsfordshire.
History of the British Industrial Relations Field Reconsidered: Getting from the Webbs to the New Employment Relations Paradigm
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2012
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 52, Issue 1, pages 1–31, March 2014
How to Cite
Kaufman, B. E. (2014), History of the British Industrial Relations Field Reconsidered: Getting from the Webbs to the New Employment Relations Paradigm. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52: 1–31. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2012.00907.x
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 MAY 2012
Sidney and Beatrice Webb are commonly cited as the founders of the British field of industrial relations. Are they, however, if the field is centred not on study of unions and collective bargaining but rather on the entire employment relationship? A ‘qualified yes’ answer is given; however, getting there involves major revision to the conventional historiography of the field. To illustrate, the article presents a traditional and revised family tree of British industrial relations. Numerous insights and implications follow.