The 21st-century crisis of labour: prospects for a sustainable work and employment future?

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Oct 28, 2014
from 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM


Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1

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Professor Peter Nolan

School of Management

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Professor Nolan will examine the material, political and intellectual dimensions of the crisis of labour in the C21 century. He will locate the elements of the crisis historically and then develop a case for a research agenda that interrogates the social and economic consequences of the political and economic weakness of labour within contemporary capitalist society. Taking as his central reference point the changing status of organised forms of labour representation, he will draw on 30 years of research to reconsider the intellectual logic and social consequences of the legal, political and economic attacks on trade unionism in Britain. Did the break-up of the collective institutional arrangements that helped promote the material position of labour in the aftermath of 1945 sow the seeds for the productivity slowdown that inhibited British economic development in the last quarter of the twentieth century? More broadly, the lecture will attempt to re-insert labour into the contemporary analysis of the crisis that engulfed the global economy in the first decade of the twenty first century and highlight the shifting relations between state, capital and labour in the age of austerity. Professor Nolan will conclude with an examination of the possibilities for and obstacles to sustainable work and employment.

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