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Title: Unions and job quality in the UK: extending interest representation within regulation institutions
Authors: Simms, Melanie
First Published: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: Work and Occupations (Accepted, In Press)
Abstract: This paper presents a counterpoint to a structuralist view of job quality (Kalleberg 2011) and argues that it can be understood as an outcome of contested power dynamics of interest representation within institutions of labor market regulation. The paper presents studies of unions in two sectors in the UK (healthcare and industrial cleaning) where ‘bad jobs’ are common. It examines how unions have sought to regulate job quality through representing new interests within existing institutions and by extending institutional regulation to new groups. The evidence highlights the contested nature of these decisions and the importance of collective actors in exercising agency in seeking to improve job quality. The evidence shows how new interests can be promoted within institutions to (seek to) improve job quality, despite internal resistance.
DOI Link: TBA
ISSN: 0730-8884
eISSN: 1552-8464
Links: http://wox.sagepub.com/
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/35933
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the author, 2015. Licensee: SAGE Publishing. Reprints and permissions: sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav. This is the accepted version of a paper accepted for publication in Work and Occupations. Archived in accordance with the Publisher's Open Access archiving policy, available at https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-green-route-%E2%80%93-open-access-archiving-policy
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