A partial partnership? The contradictions of cooperation at powerco

Jonathan Hoskin, Stewart Johnstone, Peter Ackers

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This chapter examines partnership in the context of a British utility organisation which is referred to by the pseudonym “PowerCo”. The case study examined partnership over a 13-year period (2000-2013). Liberal market economies such as the UK are often believed to provide an inhospitable institutional environment for meaningful workplace partnership to fl ourish because of factors including unstable markets, weak trade unions and the absence of regulatory or state support (Hall and Soskice 2001). However, PowerCo provided an interesting contrast to these stereotypical characteristics associated with liberal market capitalism: The organisation off ered highly skilled and long-term employment in a stable market place, within a high-density trade union environment, and regulatory support for partnership working.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeveloping Positive Employment Relations
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Experiences of Labour Management Partnership
EditorsS. Johnstone, A. Wilkinson
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137427724
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016


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