The Economic and Labour Relations Review : ELRR

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 2, July

Developing an Analytical Framework for Analysing and Assessing Public-Private Partnerships: A Hospital Case Study
Introduction: Understanding Public-Private Partnerships Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) (1) are public procurement policies which involve the private sector providing services that are traditionally the responsibility of the government (Broadbent...
Devolution, Job Enrichment and Workplace Performance in Sri Lanka's Garment Industry
Introduction What happens to workplace performance when line employees take on the role of production supervisors and are required to monitor performance, product quality and worker attendance? The article seeks to address this question by examining...
Discretionary Fiscal Policy and Budget Deficits: An 'Orthodox' Critique of Current Policy Debate
Introduction A solid majority of economists is now of the opinion that, even in a capitalist system, full employment may be secured by a government spending programme, provided there is in existence adequate plant to employ all existing labour power...
Housing and the Global Financial Crisis: US versus Australia
Introduction The housing cycle has played a central part in the economic cycle culminating in the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008. In the US and across most markets, the boom preceding the GFC featured elements common to past booms, namely...
Off-Shored Services Workers: Labour Law and Practice in India
Introduction This article (1) is the third in a series reporting on research conducted by the author in India and Australia between 2005 and 2008. The first part, published as 'Trade union responses to white collar off-shoring' (Penfold 2007) discussed...
Skills, Training and Human Resource Development: A Response
Editor's Preface This article is an invited response to a review by Ian Hampson that appeared in ELRR 18 (2), pp. 129-144. From time to time, when a significant book is published, the ELRR editors ask a reviewer to write an extended refereed review...
The Current Crisis Has a Silver Lining
Introduction Capitalism has had many crises in its centuries-long history and in many cases the crisis has led to improvements in the way capitalism has operated--for example, the improvement in central bank institutions and policies in a number...
'The Current Crisis of Capitalism': What Sort of Crisis?
Introduction Despite the growing problems created by the global financial crisis, whether there is a crisis of capitalism is not easy to determine. There is an apocryphal story that Zhou En-Lai, when asked by Kissinger about the impact of the French...
The Current Financial Crisis: Causes and Policy
Background The main impact of the current economic crisis on the Australian economy has been through rising unemployment rates and falling growth rates. There can be little doubt that the driver of the crisis is a collapse of domestic aggregate...