Industrial Conflict and the Political Economy

Richard Hyman


"Things will never be the same again-the banal verdict has been regularly repeated in the last four years as groups of previously quiescent workers have discarded their industrial virginity and helped swell the strike statistics. Participants and outside commentators alike have rarely found it easy, as the dust has settled, to assess the precise 5ignificance of each' such dispute; but almost always they agree that the former pacific industrial relations cannot be reconstituted on quite the same basis. The same is true at the level of the political economy as a whole : even if industrial journalists and academic pundits cannot really explain what has become known as the British "strike explosion", at least they too are confident that things will never be the same again.

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