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Despotism on DemandHow Power Operates in the Flexible Workplace$
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Alex J. Wood

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501748875

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501748875.001.0001

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Internal States in the UK

Internal States in the UK

(p.29) 1 Internal States in the UK
Despotism on Demand

Alex J. Wood

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses internal states in the United Kingdom, focusing on PartnershipCo. It investigates the workplace institutions at PartnershipCo that act to repress and transform conflict. A number of internal institutions limit the ability of managers to secure control via traditional forms of despotism in important ways. In particular, the labor union policed disciplinary and grievance procedures, rationalized discipline, and provided workers with employment protection. The chapter then highlights how the union at PartnershipCo operated as an ideological element of the internal state that had a normative (if unreliable) control function. The presence of collective bargaining and significant union presence at PartnershipCo raise the question of whether the internal state was hegemonic.

Keywords:   internal states, United Kingdom, PartnershipCo, workplace institutions, workplace control, despotism, labor union, employment protection, collective bargaining

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