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Book Review: Industrial Relations Reform: Print E-mail

book_industrial_relations.jpgLooking to the Future

Editors: Keith Hancock & Russell D Lansbury

Publisher: The Federation Press 

Reviewer: Alexis N. Gage 


“Knowledge is Power!” – Auntie Mame [1] 

Insightful. I was privileged to review Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future. This textbook was designed as a compilation of essays in honour of Joe Isaac AO. Overall, I found this book to be a very comprehensive traverse into the area of industrial relations in Australia. The book is divided into nine sections covering major reforms in Australian industrial relations by understanding the 1980s and 1990s trends and the politics and policies from 2007 to 2015. 

The textbook provides its readers with an historical context of industrial relations in Australia with an acknowledgement of the international influences that defined and shaped the current laws and policies. 

The chapters are authored by eleven distinguished leaders in the field of industrial relations. The central theme is the evolution of industrial relations by focusing on multiple factors such as history, politics and policies, national and international practices, gender impacts, collective bargaining, education and training, immigration, economic impact and impact of international trade. The charts and graphs provide for easy comprehension of trends and the research methodology is thorough. 

In short, I would recommend Industrial Relations Reform: Looking to the Future as a recommended textbook for university business, law, and sociology classes. 

Alexis N Gage 

[1] Patrick Dennis (novel), Betty Comden and Adolph Green (Screen play). Auntie Mame, 1958

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