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Power and Scale: The Shifting Geography of Industrial Relations Law in Australia

Weller, Sally Anne (2007) Power and Scale: The Shifting Geography of Industrial Relations Law in Australia. Antipode, 39 (5). pp. 896-919. ISSN 0066-4812

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In an increasingly complex literature exploring the geographies of socially constructed scale, interest has focused on the relationship between scale, power and the contested political terrains through which these relations are played out. In this paper, I argue that these interactions must be understood in specific contexts, where shifts in scale are inextricably linked to shifts in the sources and instruments of power. By applying a scale perspective to the analysis of recent industrial relations legislation in Australia, I show that the nature and direction of rescaling is “fixed” by the powers of institutional actors and the scope of their jurisdictions. I then draw on the distinctively scaled relations of the Australian context to assess the extent to which Australia's national rescaling processes can be seen as representing a process of convergence toward universal “spaces of neoliberalism”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID13801, power and scale, industrial relations, neoliberalism, legal geographies
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Current > FOR Classification > 1401 Economic Theory
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2011 00:31
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:11
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Citations in Scopus: 21 - View on Scopus

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