Union Recognition in Britain: The end of legally-induced voluntarism

Gregor Gall

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The enactment of a third statutory union recognition procedure in Britain in 2000 led to a sharp rise and then fall in the number of new, largely voluntary, union recognition agreements being signed. This article examines and explains this trajectory, finding that the interaction of a weak procedure with its wider environment has led to a situation where the outcome of a reflexive law is heavily determined by the external balance of power in employment relations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-438
JournalIndustrial Law Journal
Issue number4
Early online date26 Oct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • unions
  • union recognition


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