British Journal of Industrial Relations

Cover image for Vol. 53 Issue 3

Edited By: John Godard

Online ISSN: 1467-8543

Best Paper Prize

The BJIR Best Paper Prize is an annual award of £500 for the best article published in the journal that year.

The winner is selected by the International Advisory Board, on a system of nomination. The three most frequently nominated articles will be considered by a three-person panel, made up of the Chief Editor, and two members of the IAB. Nominated articles will be considered under the following criteria:

1. Innovation and development of the subject in terms of subject matter, theory or method
2. Use and development of ER theory
3. Research quality
4. Relevance to practice and public policy
5. Quality of writing and presentation.

The award will be announced in the journal, and the winning article and authors will be profiled on the journal's website.

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2010

Inequality and Union Membership: The influence of Relative Earnings and Inequality Attitudes
Daniele Checchi, Jelle Visser and Herman G. van de Werfhorst

"Checchi, Visser and van de Werfhorst's paper find that increasing earnings inequality is likely to be driving falls in unionization, given its impact on both incentives and opportunities for unionization of groups at different points in the earnings hierarchy. Polarisation of earnings makes unionization less valuable to the higher paid, while reducing its relevance and value for the lower paid. This result, which implies that lower unionization and rising inequality are probably self-reinforcing, is arrived at through an impressive, quantitatively-orientated comparative analysis."

Previous Prize Winners:

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2009

The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies: Comparing Workplaces in Britain and Germany
Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, and Timo Fleckenstein
(Volume 47: Issue 4)

Seeleib-Kaiser and Fleckenstein link new workplace evidence and political economic theories in a sophisticated analysis with highly competent methodological work, and very interesting insights into how social policies in British and German companies are structured both in macro- and micro-term.

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2008

Leeway for the Loyal: A Model of Employee Discretion
Francis Green
(Volume 46: Issue 1)

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2007

Collective Bargaining as Industrial Democracy: Hugh Clegg and the Political Foundations of British Industrial Relations Pluralism
Peter Ackers
(Volume 45: Issue 3)

Ackers' paper provides a highly sophisticated, well-balanced intellectual biography of Hugh Clegg and his wide-ranging influence on employment research in Britain. The strength of the paper is in trying to look at the intellectual origins of some key normative and political ideas that underwrite the British approach to industrial relations issues, in particular the emphasis on collective bargaining and union independence and ambivalence toward worker participation.