• 1. Objective and approach
  • 2. Non-political theories – clarification of a concept and a problem
  • 3. Are economic theories and models non-political and therefore lesscapable of providing an explanation?
  • 3.1 The microeconomic standard or textbook model –complete rationality and complete ignorance of the political
  • 3.2 Institutional economics/transaction cost theory –limited rationality and limited ignorance of the political
  • 4. Marxian-oriented approaches to the political economy of humanresource management – an alternative?
  • 4.1 Harry Braverman and his labour process theory
  • 4.2 Further development in the labour process debate
  • 4.3 Assessment
  • 5. Exchange theory-based fundamental principles of a micro-analyticalpolitical economy of human resources management
  • 6. Outline application of theory to explain human resourcemanagement strategies
  • 7. Concluding remarks
  • References