Two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations

Fry, S and Mees, B 2017, 'Two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations', Economic and Labour Relations Review, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 483-499.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations
Author(s) Fry, S
Mees, B
Year 2017
Journal name Economic and Labour Relations Review
Volume number 28
Issue number 4
Start page 483
End page 499
Total pages 17
Publisher Sage
Abstract There are two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations. In many disciplines concerned with aspects of industrial relations, including political science, law and history, it is the traditional political ideologies of the industrial era which take centre stage: liberalism (classical, social and neoliberalism), socialism (Marxism, social democracy and labourism) and conservatism. By contrast, ideological issues in the discipline of employment relations are chiefly addressed in terms of Fox's three analytical perspectives: unitarism, pluralism and radicalism. The disjunction between these parallel discourses goes largely unnoted in the literature of the relevant disciplines, which all tend to proceed using their own preferred approach without making reference to the other. This article critically explores the relationship between these two discourses and investigates the broader implications that the existence of the two different discursive traditions has for the analysis of industrial relations phenomena in Australia.
Subject Industrial Relations
Keyword(s) Ideology
industrial relations
liberalism
pluralism
socialism
unitarism
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1035304617739505
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2017
ISSN 1035-3046
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