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See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at: Walton and McKersie, A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations (1965) Article · September 1999 DOI: 10.3828/hsir.1999.8.7 CITATIONS 2 READS 7,111 1 author: Some of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects: History of the Potters' Union View project Pay Review Bodies View project Frank Burchill Keele University 60 PUBLICATIONS 69 CITATIONS SEE PROFILE All content following this page was uploaded by Frank Burchill on 10 March 2016. The user has requested enhancement of the downloaded file.
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Walton and McKersie, A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations (1965) Frank Burchill ‘In terms of its meaning to the authors, the study has three touch- stones: the field of study of collective bargaining; the emerging field of conflict resolution; and the underlying disciplines of economics, psy- chology and sociology’ (p. 1). 1 The immodesty of this declaration by Richard Walton and Robert McKersie is supplemented by their statement in the preface to the original edition that ‘This book is about labor negotiations in particular and social negotiations in general’ and that the four subprocesses ‘account for all the behavior in negotiations’ (p. vii). Twenty-six years later, in the introduction to the reissue of their book, they tell us ‘We are more certain than we were when this book was first published that the behavioral theory is applicable to all forms of social negotiations’ (p. xxvi). In his 1991 foreword, Thomas Kochan observes ‘I have no doubt that Walton and McKersie’s Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations was the most important book published in industrial relations in the 1960s and is one of a handful of major classics of all time in the industrial and labor relations field’ (p. ix). The second part of this quotation is easy to agree with. Walton and McKersie’s book appeared in the immediate HSIR 8 ( AUTUMN 1999 ) 137 68 137 Many thanks to Dave Lyddon for both his academic generosity and his rigorous editing. We like to think that we regularly reintroduce each other to ‘Walton and McKersie’. 1. All page references in the text are to R. E. Walton and R. B. McKersie, A Behavioral Theory of Labor Negotiations: An Analysis of a Social Interaction System (ILR Press, Ithaca, NY: 2nd edition, 1991). This is a reprint of the first edition (McGraw-Hill, New York: 1965), the only dif- ference being that the second edition has a foreword by Thomas Kochan, and an ‘Introduction to the Second Edition’ (along with the original ‘Preface’) by the authors. The pagination in the main text is identical; only that in Roman numerals is different between the two editions.
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aftermath of what has been described as the ‘golden age’ of the North American academic study of industrial relations.
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