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Peter C. Smith and Andrew Street

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Peter C. Smith and Andrew Street

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Chris Nash and Andrew Smith

This chapter discusses developments in rail regulation in Britain, from the original approach in which an independent regulator was responsible for regulation of a private infrastructure manager with minimal government involvement, through the period in which Network Rail was regarded as a not-for-dividend private company to the current day, when it is seen as a publicly owned company and the government is heavily involved in its regulation. It is concluded that, whilst regulation of the efficiency of the infrastructure manager is needed, the success of the process in Britain has been at best mixed. One key issue has been misalignment of incentives between the infrastructure manager and train operating companies. A variety of approaches to this has been tried in Britain, but none is straightforward and they would not necessarily be appropriate in the circumstances of other countries.

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Andrew Smith and Jo McBride

There is growing interest in issues of low-pay, insecure work and job quality from academics, policy-makers, employers and trade unions. Our research critically examines the work experiences and work–life ‘balance’ complexities of low-paid workers who have to work in more than one job in order to make ends meet. The research findings highlight issues over limited incomes, job insecurity and low-trust employment relations, together with long, complex and fragmented working time arrangements. In this chapter, we detail the qualitative research design employed and the practicalities of accessing a ‘hard to reach group’ of workers. Researching these workers involved working with trade unions, poverty organisations and community groups, whilst using snowball sampling strategies to arrange interviews with low-paid workers with two, three, four, five, six, and even seven different jobs. We also assess the difficulties for both the researchers and participants in uncovering emotive and sensitive issues around the indignity of work, low-pay, job insecurity and well-being issues.

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Andrew Smith, Phill Wheat and Michal Wolanski

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Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

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Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

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Edited by D. G. Smith and Andrew S. Gold

The Research Handbook on Fiduciary Law offers specially commissioned chapters written by leading scholars and covers a wide range of important topics in fiduciary law. Topical contributions discuss: various fiduciary relationships; the duty of loyalty and other fiduciary obligations; fiduciary remedies; the role of equity; the role of trust; international and comparative perspectives; and public fiduciary law. This Research Handbook will be of interest to readers concerned with both theory and practice, as it incorporates significant new insights and developments in the field.
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Andrew H. Van de Ven and Peter Smith Ring