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The Blair SupremacyA study in the politics of Labour's party management$
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Lewis Minkin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073793

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073793.001.0001

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Employment relations, representation and party management

Employment relations, representation and party management

(p.435) 14 Employment relations, representation and party management
The Blair Supremacy

Lewis Minkin

Manchester University Press

This chapter deepens the investigation of relations between Labour’s leadership, business and the unions (covered in Chapter 9) and also adds to the investigation of management of the PLP (covered in Chapter 13) It is an important case study of the implementation of party policy over union recognition and it highlights conflicts which took place between different strands of Blair’s management, one of which related closely to the CBI and the other operated more closely to party management, the unions and the revived PLP trade union group. Overall what is illuminated is the room Blair created for enhancing Prime Ministerial power but also a more surprising, if limited, two-way influence of party management on the outcome.

Keywords:   Implementation of union recognition, Strands of management and conflict, PLP trade union group, Enhanced Prime Ministerial power, Management as two-way influence

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