Towards an Understanding of the Dynamics of Work and Employment Relations during Austerity

Dennis Pepple, Kehinde Olowookere

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This study considers how public sector organisations respond to the effects of austerity. While some organisations take advantage of austerity to increase the workload of employees with little or no engagement with employees, others encourage dialogue by increasing employee and union engagement. Drawing on a systematic analysis of 26 articles, the study finds that austerity policies have negative consequences for public sector employees and presents employee voice as a potential mitigator of the negative consequences. This study is one of the first to review the small but growing literature on the effects of austerity on work and employment relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281 - 297
Number of pages17
JournalPublic Organization Review
Issue number2
Early online date21 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Austerity Policies, Employment Relations, Employee Voice, Union Engagement
  • Austerity policies
  • Union engagement
  • Employment relations
  • Work
  • Employee voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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