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The Psychological Contract in the United Kingdom
The psychological contract in the United Kingdom
LynneMillward, PeterHerriot

The title of this chapter makes an impossible promise. Because employment relationships in the United Kingdom are undergoing rapid changes and the labor market is increasingly fragmented, it is vain to hope to characterize “the” psychological contract in the United Kingdom. Indeed, not only is it impossible to define a particular national contract, but it is very hard to define the contracts that exist even at the organizational level of analysis. At that level, too, there are immense differences in how workers perceive their mutual obligations with their employer, especially between graduates on the fast track and front-line staff in the same organization. At the national level of analysis, all that ...

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