Bargaining Power

TitleBargaining Power
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsMartin, R.
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York
Keywordshuman resources management, industrial relations, labor relations, management, negotiations, trade unions

Examines the balance of power between management and unions, showing why some managements and some trade unions are more powerful than others. Bargaining power has long been recognized as central to industrial relations, but no previous work has taken the issue as its central focus.

Using both sociological and economic evidence, the author shows how managements and unions approach negotiations and how they use power to achieve their bargaining objectives. In turn he analyses different perspectives on power, negotiations, the industrial relations context, and human resources management.

The book concludes with an examination of the changing position of trade unions in Britain in the 1980s, arguing that union bargaining power remains more significant than suggested by the decline in union membership.

Readership: Undergraduate and graduate students of industrial relations, industrial sociology, and business and management studies. Managers, especially those in personnel. (publisher's statement)