• Geoffrey K. Ingham
Part of the Studies in Sociology book series (SS)


THE emphasis in this essay has been on only one aspect of the institutionalisation of industrial conflict; namely, the effects of infrastructural variations on this process. The implication of this selectivity that such an approach must form the basis for any account of the normative content of industrial relations systems is one to which I freely admit. However, it has not been my intention to imply that such institutional systems can be completely understood by reference to the infrastructures in which they are placed. For example, it was tentatively suggested that the strength of the British state contributed to the inherent organisational weakness of employers’ associations which was evident in their unwillingness to unilaterally impose normative regulation on industrial relations. The point may be generalised; that is to say, in all cases of capitalist economic development, the regulation of class conflict in industry has been the outcome of particular and varied configurations of power between workers, employers and the state. Thus, any extension of the kind of analysis I have presented must examine the relationships between variations in the structure of capitalist ‘ruling classes’ and different state structures.


Industrial Society Political Organisation Institutional System Ruling Classis Varied Configuration 
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© British Sociological Association 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey K. Ingham
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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