'No leg to Stand on': The moral economy of Australian industrial relations changes

Bailey, Janis, Macdonald, Fiona and Whitehouse, Gillian (2012) 'No leg to Stand on': The moral economy of Australian industrial relations changes. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 33 3: 441-461. doi:10.1177/0143831X11419687

Author Bailey, Janis
Macdonald, Fiona
Whitehouse, Gillian
Title 'No leg to Stand on': The moral economy of Australian industrial relations changes
Journal name Economic and Industrial Democracy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0143-831X
Publication date 2012-08-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0143831X11419687
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 441
End page 461
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Labour law changes in Australia in 2006 significantly reconfigured industrial relations institutions and the balance of power in the employment relationship – in favour of employers and against the low-paid in particular. This article analyses the changes as they affected low-waged women workers, using a moral economy framework. While acknowledging the importance of material rewards, a moral economy perspective focuses on aspects of work that are not reducible to the terms of the market. The article analyses how women articulated the effects of the legislation, and how work institutions embody moral conceptions, demonstrating how labour law change can markedly disrupt the underlying, taken-for-granted moral economy.
Keyword Labour law
Legislative change
Moral economy
Vulnerable workers
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print September 14, 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 28 Sep 2011, 05:16:17 EST by Prof Gillian Whitehouse on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies