New Labour and the Commonsense of Neoliberalism: Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining and Workers' Rights

  title={New Labour and the Commonsense of Neoliberalism: Trade Unionism, Collective Bargaining and Workers' Rights},
  author={Paul M. Smith},
  journal={CSR \& Management Practice eJournal},
  • Paul M. Smith
  • Published 1 July 2009
  • Political Science, Economics
  • CSR & Management Practice eJournal
The assumptions and values of neoliberalism came to dominate the Conservative governments, 1979–97, inspiring a range of policies that included industrial relations and employment law. Inasmuch as New Labour has adopted many of these policies then it can be presumed to have accepted their neoliberal underpinnings. Moreover, New Labour's policies owe much to neoliberalism. Wedderburn's exposition of the relationship between the writings of Hayek and the policy of Conservative governments, 1979… 

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