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Employment relations, representation and party management

Lewis Minkin

in The Blair Supremacy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2014 | ISBN: 9780719073793
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781781706770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.003.0015
Employment relations, representation and party management

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This chapter deepens the investigation of relations between Labour’s leadership, business and the unions (covered in Chapter 9) and also adds to the investigation of management of the PLP (covered in Chapter 13) It is an important case study of the implementation of party policy over union recognition and it highlights conflicts which took place between different strands of Blair’s management, one of which related closely to the CBI and the other operated more closely to party management, the unions and the revived PLP trade union group. Overall what is illuminated is the room Blair created for enhancing Prime Ministerial power but also a more surprising, if limited, two-way influence of party management on the outcome.

Keywords: Implementation of union recognition; Strands of management and conflict; PLP trade union group; Enhanced Prime Ministerial power; Management as two-way influence

Chapter.  12603 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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