Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations
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Elgar Introduction to Theories of Human Resources and Employment Relations

Edited by Keith Townsend, Kenneth Cafferkey, Aoife M. McDermott and Tony Dundon

This Elgar Introduction provides an overview of some of the key theories that inform human resource management and employment relations as a field of study.
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Chapter 2: Marxism

Roger Seifert

Abstract

This chapter provides an outline of the main elements of Marxism such as dialectical and historical materialism; exploitation; alienation; class, class struggle, and the role of the state. This is then applied to employment relations issues in terms of both explaining the ideological nature of HRM and providing concrete examples of how Marxists would analyse key issues such as pay, collective bargaining, employee engagement, and discrimination.

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