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Reference: Bevan, Philippa., (1978). The growth of fringe benefit provision. DPhil. University of Oxford.Citable link to this page:


The growth of fringe benefit provision Subtitle: Causes and consequences for social inequality and social integration

Abstract: Social scientists interested in labour costs, thelabour market, the distribution of income, class structure, socialpolicy, the sociology of work and organisations have all hadsome view of fringe benefits. This is the first attempt to offera sociological study of the causes of the growth and distributionof benefits, and their role in the labour market, the employingorganisation and the class structure. It offers (a) a systematic- and so far as the available data permit - comprehensive, surveyof the fringe benefits provided to employees at all levels ofthe enterprise in the private sector since 1945 (b) a sociologicalinterpretation of these provisions and of such changes as areovertaking, them, (c) consideration of what wider significance,if any, the inquiry has for an advanced industrial society likeour own.In Chapter 1 approaches by social scientists to fringebenefit provision are considered and a definition of benefitsdeveloped. Chapter 2 develops a theoretical framework stressingthe importance of both structure and action. Chapter 3 links theideas of Chapter 2 with the empirical material in the main bodyof the thesis.Chapter 4 describes the growth of benefits in Britain sincethe war, while Chapters 5, 6 and 7 consider their distributionby occupation, size of company and industry.In Chapter 8 the ideologies and practices of employersregarding benefit provision are examined. Chapter 9 considersideologies and practices of trade unions and the TUG while Chapter10 investigates how Government action has affected benefit provision,Chapter 11 analyses the responses of employees to benefits.The main conclusions are:(i) benefit provision has grown differentially since the war mainlybecause of different benefit policies adopted by employers towardsmanual workers, routine white collar workers and managers. In thisemployers have been influenced by a number of factors includingGovernment, and less so trade unions, size of company and industry.(ii) on the basis of inadequate data it is hypothesised thatbenefits rarely increase the integration of the manual worker,are not very important to the routine white collar worker, butare often financially valuable to the senior manager.(iii) It is hypothesised that benefits have had little effect onfreedom of choice, done little to increase social order andintegration in the firm, but have undermined redistributionalmeasures taken by Governments, and influenced the principleson which social policy is based.

Type of Award:DPhil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky

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Language: eng Subjects: Great Britain Employee fringe benefits Tiny URL: td:602329494


Autor: Bevan, Philippa. - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultyFaculty of Social Studies oxfordCollegeNuffield College - - - - Bibliog



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