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The relationship between workers and firms are changing worldwide. Nowhere is this more evident than in the psychological contracts of employment. This book combines the cross-national perspectives of organizational scholars from thirteen countries to examine how societies differ in the nature of psychological contracts in employment and how global business initiatives are bridging these differences. The contributors include social scientists with deep knowledge of the particular societies they describe, and whose personal scholarship involves psychological contract phenomena locally as well as abroad. Readers of Denise Rousseau's award winning book, Psychological Contract in Organizations (Sage 1995) will welcome the extension of this ground-breaking work into the global arena.
Chapter 11: Economic Deregulation and Psychological Contracts: The New Zealand Experience1
New Zealand, a small island state 1,500 miles to the east of Australia, has often been a pioneer. New Zealand was the first country, in 1895, to bring in full women's suffrage. In the period between 1936 and 1949, New Zealand's Labour government pioneered the modern welfare state, creating, through the nationalization of key industries, the socialization of the medical sector and low-cost housing and the introduction of welfare benefits for all in need, a model for many subsequent European systems. In recent years, New Zealand has again been a crucible for change and a laboratory for the developed world.2 For since 1984, successive governments have changed ...