eCite Digital Repository

Two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations


Fry, S and Mees, B, Two discursive frameworks concerning ideology in Australian industrial relations, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 28, (4) pp. 483-499. ISSN 1035-3046 (2017) [Refereed Article]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2017 the authors

DOI: doi:10.1177/1035304617739505


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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:unions, industrial relations, employment relations
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:127318
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2018-08-23

Repository Staff Only: item control page