First published in 1988, this book analyses the changes that took place in the economic organisation of the British construction industry throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, in particular considering its social and economic structure and examining the causes of its poor industrial record. Michael Ball describes how the major firms survived the economic slump between 1973 and 1982, when construction workloads collapsed, by substantially restructuring their operations, relationships with clients, workforces and subcontractors. Detailed attention is paid to construction firms, the workers they employ, the influence of trade unionism and the role of other agencies in the building process. Reissued at a hugely challenging time for the British construction industry, this relevant and practical title will be of particular value to students and academics of economics and social change, as well as those on courses for construction professionals.
Table of Contents
Figures; Tables; 1. Construction: the image and the reality 2. Is the construction industry backward? 3. The different types of buildings enterprise 4. The development of class relations in the building industry 5. How construction forms organise production 6. Construction output: a thirty-year view 7. A hierarchical industry 8. Keeping up profits 9. Takeovers for growth 10. Sectoral restructuring 11. A new social balance in the construction industry? 12. Dilemmas in construction; Notes; Bibliography; Index