Management, Labour, and Industrial Politics in Modern Europe: The Quest for Productivity Growth during the Twentieth Century

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A comparative survey of management, labor, and productivity politics in Europe during the 20th century offering nine critical assessments of industrial and political campaigns to raise productivity in Britain, Germany, and Sweden. The essays follow the impact of the Marshall plan on European countries, the struggles of the coal mining and metal working industries within the context of the rise and fall of the social democratic project of reconstruction, and the impact of worker participation on modern production. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858980164
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Pages: 194

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
1 Management, labour and the politics of productivity: strategies and struggles in Britain, Germany and Sweden 1
2 Productivity, joint consultation and human relations in post-war Britain: the Attlee Government and the workplace 25
3 Corporate politics and the quest for productivity: the British TUC and the politics of industrial productivity, 1947-1960 44
4 Labour-management relations, the Marshall Plan and the politics of productivity growth in Germany 66
5 The end of a historical compromise? The Labour movement and the changing balance of power in Swedish industry, 1930-1990 76
6 Industrial relations and crisis management in the coal mines of the Ruhr, 1945-1968 108
7 Productions, politics and technological development: British coal mining in the twentieth century 122
8 Safety, supervision and the politics of productivity in the British coalmining industry, 1900-1960 145
9 Management and workplace trade unionism: Clydeside engineering, 1945-1957 174
Index 187
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