Employment relations

Older reflections and new horizons

Adrian Wilkinson, Tony Dundon, Jimmy Donaghey and Alexander J.S. Colvin


Almost everyone has an employment relationship of sorts, from the employed, traditional employee to the (so-called) independent contractor engaged in the ‘gig economy’. The extent to which the study of work and employment remains central and relevant to the functioning of a modern economy is well established (Ackers and Wilkinson, 2003; BUIRA, 2008; Kaufman, 2004; Meardi; 2014, Wilkinson, Wood and Deeg, 2014). However, of equal importance is the scope and variability of the broader environmental and contextual changes to the nature of paid work and employment relations (ER) as a field of study. This ...

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