Over a long academic career, Peter has written to certain central themes, which he continues to work on. If you could like a copy of any of these pieces, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a selection of key articles and chapters:-
(1) Hugh Clegg and the Oxford School of Industrial Relations
Ackers, P and Wilkinson, A.J., “British Industrial Relations Paradigm: A Critical Outline History and Prognosis”, The Journal of Industrial Relations, 47(4), 2005: 443-456.
Ackers, P., “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Global History, the British Tradition, and the European Renaissance”, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, 27(1), 2005: 93-104.
Ackers, P. “Collective Bargaining as Industrial Democracy: Hugh Clegg and the Political Foundations of British Industrial Relations Pluralism”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 45(1), 2007: 77-101.
Ackers, P and Hartley, R., “A Social Science Apprenticeship? Hugh Clegg at Mass-Observation, 1939”, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 25/26, 2008: 197-218.
Ackers, P., “More Marxism than Methodism. Hugh Clegg at Kingswood School, Bath (1932-39)”, Socialist History (reprint from the Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society), 38, 2011: 27-46.
Ackers, P., “The Changing Systems of British Industrial Relations, 1954-1979: Hugh Clegg and the Warwick Sociological Turn”, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49(2), 2011: 306-330
Ackers, P., “Finding the future in the past? The social philosophy of Oxford industrial relations pluralism”, in Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations, Townsend, K. and Wilkinson, A. J. (eds), Edward Elgar, 2011: 45-66.
(1) Neo-Pluralism and the Sociology of Employment Relations
Ackers, P., ''Back to Basics? Industrial Relations and the Enterprise Culture'', Employee Relations, 16(8), 1994: 32-47.
Ackers, P., ''Reframing Employment Relations: The Case for Neo-Pluralism'', Industrial Relations Journal, 33(1), 2002: 2-19.
Ackers, P., ''Haunted by History: Industrial Relations Faces the Future'' (Review of Edwards, Industrial Relations), Organization Studies, 25(9), 2004: 1623-1629.
Ackers, P., ''Theorizing the Employment Relationships: Materialists and Institutionalists'', British Journal of Industrial Relations, 43(3), September 2005: 537-543.
Ackers, P. and Wilkinson, A., “Industrial Relations and the Social Sciences”, in Sage Handbook of Industrial Relations, Blyton, P., Bacon, N., Fiorito, J. and Heery, E. (eds), Sage, London, 2008: 53-68.
Ackers, P., ''Rethinking the employment relationship: a neo-pluralist critique of British industrial relations orthodoxy”, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 25 (18) 2014: 2608-2625.
Ackers, P., ''The Warwick School of Industrial Relations” (review of Colling and Terry, Industrial Relations)'', Work, Employment and Society, 2012, 26(5) October: 879-882.
(See also: Khan, A.S. and Ackers, P., ''Neo-Pluralism as a Theoretical Framework for Understanding HRM in Sub-Saharan Africa'', International Journal of Human Resource Management, 15(7), November 2004: 1330-1353.)
(2) Participation and Partnership between Trade Unions and Management
Ackers, P., Marchington, M., Wilkinson, A.J. and Goodman, J., ''The Use of Cycles? Explaining Employee Involvement in the 1990s'', Industrial Relations Journal, 23(4) Winter, 1992: 268-283.
Ackers, P. and Payne, J., ''British Trade Unions and Social Partnership: Rhetoric, Reality and Strategy'', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 9(3), June 1998: 529-550.
Ackers, P., Marchington, M., Wilkinson, A.J. and Dundon, T., ''Partnership and Voice, With or Without Trade Unions: Changing UK Management Approaches to Organisational Participation'', in Partnership and Modernisation in Employment Relations, Stuart, M. and Lucio, M.M. (eds), Routledge, 2005: 23-45.
Ackers, P., “An Industrial Relations Perspective on Employee Participation”, Chapter 3 in The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations, Wilkinson, A., Gollan, P.J., Marchington, M., Lewin, D. (eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2010: 52-75.
Ackers, P., ‘Trade unions as Professional Associations’, in Johnstone, S. & Ackers, P. (eds) Finding a Voice at Work: New Perspectives on Employment Relations (Oxford University Press), February 2015.
(3) Coal mining Labour History
Ackers, P., ''Colliery Deputies in the British Coal Industry Before Nationalization'', International Review of Social History, 39, 1994: 383-414.
Ackers, P., ''Review Essay: Life After Death: Mining history without a coal industry'', Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 1, March 1996: 159-170.
Ackers, P. and Payne, J., '''Through a Glass Darkly': Deciphering the Colliery Consultation Minutes of the Nationalised British Coal Industry'', Labour History Review, 65(1), 2000: 59-89.
Ackers, P. and Payne, J., ''Before the Storm: The Experience of Nationalization and the Prospects for Industrial Relations Partnership in the British Coal Industry, 1947-1972 - Rethinking the Militant Narrative'', Social History, 27(2), May 2002: 184-209.
Ackers, P., ''Gramsci at the miners strike: remembering the 1984-1985 Eurocommunist alternative industrial relations strategy, Labor History, 55: 2, 2014: 151-172.
(4) The British Churches of Christ & working class Protestantism
Ackers, P., ''Who Speaks for the Christians? The Great War and Conscientious Objection in the Churches of Christ: a View from the Wigan Coalfield'', The Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, 5(3), October 1993: 153-166.
Ackers, P., ''The 'Protestant Ethic' and the English Labour Movement: the Case of the Churches of Christ'', Labour History Review, 58(3), 1993: 67-72.
Ackers, P., ''West End Chapel, Back Street Bethel: Labour and Capital in the Wigan Churches of Christ c 1845-1945'', The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 47(2), April 1996: 298-329.
Ackers, P., ''Exodus: Labour Emigration from the English Churches of Christ to Canada during 1906 and 1907'', The Journal of the United Reform Church History Society, 6(1), October 1997: 33-46.
Ackers, P., ''Rethinking the Restoration Movement'', The Journal of the United Reformed Church History Society, 6(5), November 1999: 362-371.
Ackers, P., ''The Churches of Christ as a Labour Sect, Special Note'', in Dictionary of Labour Biography X, Bellamy, J.M. and Saville, J. (eds), MacMillan, 2000:199-206.
Casey, M.W. and Ackers, P., ''The Enigma of the Young Arthur Horner: From Churches of Christ Preacher to Communist Militant (1884-1920)'', Labour History Review, 66(1), 2001: 3-23.
(5) Paternalism and Welfare Capitalism
Ackers, P. and Black, J., ''Paternalist Capitalism: An Organisation Culture in Transition'', in Work and the Enterprise Culture, Cross, M. and Payne, G. (eds), Falmer BSA, 1991: 30-56.
Ackers, P. and Preston, D., ''Born Again? The Ethics and Efficacy of the Conversion Experience in Contemporary Management Development'', Journal of Management Studies, 34(5), September 1997: 677-701.
Ackers, P., ''On Paternalism: Seven Observations on the Uses and Abuses of the Concept in Industrial Relations, Past and Present'', Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 6, Spring, 1998: 173-193.
Ackers, P., ''Paternalism, Participation and Partnership: Rethinking the Employment Relationship'', Human Relations, 54(3), 2001: 373-384.
Ackers, P., “Employment Ethics”, in Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A.J. (eds), FT Prentice Hall, 2013, 4th Edition: 451-465.
(See also: Greene, A.-M., Ackers, P. and Black, J., ''Lost Narratives? From Paternalism to Team Working in a Lock Manufacturing Firm'', Economic and Industrial Democracy, 22(2), May 2001: 211-237.