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Title: Implications of Financial Capitalism for Employment Relations Research: Evidence from Breach of Trust and Implicit Contracts in Private Equity Buyouts
Authors: Appelbaum, Eileen
Batt, Rose
Clark, Ian Arthur
First Published: 1-Mar-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell for the London School of Economics
Citation: British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2013, 51 (3), pp. 498-518
Abstract: An increasing share of the economy is organized around financial capitalism, where capital market actors actively manage their claims on wealth creation and distribution to maximize shareholder value. Drawing on four case studies of private equity buyouts, we challenge agency theory interpretations that they are ‘welfare neutral’ and show that an alternative source of shareholder value is breach of trust and implicit contracts. We show why management and employment relations scholars need to investigate the mechanisms of financial capitalism to provide a more accurate analysis of the emergence of new forms of class relations and to help us move beyond the limits of the varieties of capitalism approach to comparative institutional analysis.
DOI Link: 10.1111/bjir.12009
ISSN: 0007-1080
eISSN: 1467-8543
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2013.
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