Established in 1996 by the Centre for Industrial Relations at Keele University, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations aims to provide an outlet for and to stimulate interest in historical work in the field of industrial relations and the history of industrial relations thought.
Over the past twenty-five years it has published leading academics in the field, labour lawyers, historians, sociologists, economists, political scientists and prominent figures in the trade union movement. Now, its three-volume index has been added to the Society for the Study of Labour History website. See more.
Dr Dave Lyddon, who was founding editor of the journal and its chief editor until 2012, notes that HSIR has always worked with a very broad definition of industrial relations, and that this has been a significant strength. In addition to his continuing work as an active member of the journal’s editorial committee, Dr Lyddon is a long-serving member of the SSLH executive committee.
As well as articles, reviews and review essays, HSIR contains essays on classic texts, documentary sources, posthumous publication of unpublished work, and occasional republication of important but neglected work.
The journal’s content broadly covers the employment relationship and economic, social and political factors surrounding it – such as labour markets, union and employer policies and organisation, the law, and gender and ethnicity.
It encourages articles with an explicit political dimension, particularly recognising divisions within the working class and within workers’ organisations, historical work on labour law, and contributions on countries other than Britain, particularly those with a comparative focus, as well as work on the nineteenth century and earlier.