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BJIR Prize

The BJIR award is an annual prize of £500 for the best published article. The winner is selected by the International Advisory Board on a system of nomination. The three most frequently nominated articles will be considered by a three-person panel, comprising the Chief Editor and two members of the IAB.

Nominated articles will be considered under the following criteria:
1. Innovation and development of the subject in terms of subject matter, theory or method
2. Use and development of ER theory
3. Research quality
4. Relevance to practice and public policy
5. Quality of writing and presentation.

The award will be announced in the journal and the winning article and authors will be profiled on the journal's website – the article will be made available in electronic form.

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2010 - Available free online
Inequality and Union Membership: The Influence of Relative Earnings and Inequality Attitudes
|Daniele Checchi, Jelle Visser and Herman G. van de Werfhorst (Volume 48: Issue 1)

Checchi, Visser and van de Werfhorst's paper find that increasing earnings inequality is likely to be driving falls in unionization, given its impact on both incentives and opportunities for unionization of groups at different points in the earnings hierarchy. Polarisation of earnings makes unionization less valuable to the higher paid, while reducing its relevance and value for the lower paid. This result, which implies that lower unionization and rising inequality are probably self-reinforcing, is arrived at through an impressive, quantitatively-orientated comparative analysis.

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2009 - Available free online
The Political Economy of Occupational Family Policies: Comparing Workplaces in Britain and Germany
|Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Timo Fleckenstein (Volume 47: Issue 4)

BJIR Best Paper Prize 2008 - Available free online
Leeway for the Loyal: A Model of Employee Discretion|
Francis Green (Volume 46: Issue 1)

BJIR Best Paper Award 2007 - Available free online
Collective Bargaining as Industrial Democracy: Hugh Clegg and the Political Foundations of British Industrial Relations Pluralism|
Peter Ackers (Volume 45: Issue 3)

Ackers' paper provides a highly sophisticated, well-balanced intellectual biography of Hugh Clegg and his wide-ranging influence on employment research in Britain. The strength of the paper is in trying to look at the intellectual origins of some key normative and political ideas that underwrite the British approach to industrial relations issues, in particular the emphasis on collective bargaining and union independence and ambivalence toward worker participation.