Political Influence and the Enforcement of Minimum Labour Standards in the Australian Federal Industrial Relations Jurisdiction

Goodwin, Miles & Maconachie, Glenda J. (2008) Political Influence and the Enforcement of Minimum Labour Standards in the Australian Federal Industrial Relations Jurisdiction. In Stanton, Pauline & Young, Suzanne (Eds.) 22nd Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 6 - 8 February, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.


The regulatory enforcement literature distinguishes many influences on enforcement agencies among them the institutional location (and independence) of agencies, and the incumbent government's ideology. Where an agency is located within a dichotomy comprising independent agencies and those tied to the executive arm of government is argued to influence the level of political influence on the agency's operations. Likewise, the collectivist or individualist ideology of a government influences its willingness to resource enforcement agencies and approve regulatory activities, subject to economic conditions. An exploration of agencies regulating minimum labour standards in the Australian federal industrial relations jurisdiction 1904-2007 highlights differences in Australian practice: institutional location is more complex than the literature reveals, while distinctions between political influence and agency types are more illusory than real; and prevailing political ideology does not affect minimum labour standards enforcement agencies as much as political needs.

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ID Code: 15224
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Labour Standards, Industrial Relations, Federal, Australia
ISBN: 9780980476606
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:45

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