Supply chain regulation in Scottish social care: facilitators and barriers

James, Philip ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1500-9468, Baluch, Alina M., Cunningham, Ian and Cullen, Anne-Marie (2021) Supply chain regulation in Scottish social care: facilitators and barriers. Economic and Industrial Democracy . ISSN 0143-831X [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1177/0143831x21997564)

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Abstract

Drawing on a study of a Scottish government initiative to ensure the provision of a living wage to social care workers, the paper sheds new light on the value of regulating domestic supply chains to enhance labour standards in supplier organisations, and the factors that facilitate and hinder such regulation. The study confirms that supply chains driven by monopsonistic purchasers tend to drive down employment conditions, while indicating that the studied initiative met with a good deal of success due to a combination of the government generated ‘soft’ regulation and support from care providers that reflected both value and pragmatic considerations. It also highlights the contradictory tensions that can arise between policy aspirations and business objectives and suggests that to be effective, initiatives to enhance labour standards in supply chains need to address adverse market dynamics.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 32089
Notes on copyright: James, Philip , Baluch, Alina, Cunningham, Ian and Cullen, Anne-Marie (2021) Supply chains regulation in Scottish social care: Facilitators and Barriers. Economic and Industrial Democracy (Journal Volume Number and Issue Number) pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2021 The Authors. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X21997564
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Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 09:49
Last Modified: 15 May 2022 00:53
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/32089

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