Employment relations and public services “modernisation” under Labour

Stephen Bach (Department of Management, King's College, University of London, London, UK)
Ian Kessler (Said Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)
Geoff White (University of Greenwich Business School, London, UK)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To introduce the papers in the special issue.


Provides a brief review of the papers.


The papers cover a broad variety of human resource topics and the range of separate public services, including the impact of performance indicators on HRM practices in the NHS; the impact of Government policy on employment relations in the Fire Service; the use of 360° appraisal systems to improve performance management in the civil service; the impact of “best value” reviews upon HR in local government; the outcomes of new “partnership” relationships between management and unions in a local authority facing a “best value” review; and experimentation with job re‐design in the NHS.


Provides a summary of the perspectives considered within the issue.



Bach, S., Kessler, I. and White, G. (2005), "Employment relations and public services “modernisation” under Labour", Personnel Review, Vol. 34 No. 6, pp. 629-633. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480510772263

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