Biography

I studied philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Oxford University before working in the motor industry for a number of years. After studying for postgraduate degrees at the London School of Economics and Warwick University, I worked in two polytechnics before coming to Keele in 1988. From 1989 I played an important role in establishing and maintaining Keele’s distance-learning programme (Certificate, PG Diploma and MA) in Industrial Relations.  I was a member of the Keele University Senate in 1998–99 and 2004–10 and on the Keele University Council 2008–10.

My main research interests are strikes, the history of health and safety, motor industry industrial relations, and labour history generally. I was founding editor (in 1996) of the journal Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, continued as chief editor until 2012, and still remain an active member of the editorial committee. I was on the executive committee of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association from 2004 to 2010, and have been on the executive of the Society for the Study of Labour History since 2002.

Selected Publications

  • Papadopoulos O and Lyddon D. 2020. Deregulation and institutional conversion in the Greek hotel industry: an employment relations model in transition. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 51(1-2), 92-109. doi> link>
  • Lyddon D. 2017. Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century. BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, vol. 55(4), 879-881. link> doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2015. Bureaucratic Mass Strikes: A response to Mark O'Brien. International Socialism.
  • Lyddon D, Cao X, Meng Q, Lu J. 2015. A strike of ‘unorganised’ workers in a Chinese car factory: the Nanhai Honda events of 2010. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 46(2), 134-152. doi> full text>
  • Lyddon D. 2014. Trade Unions and the History of Health and Safety in British Mining. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, vol. 35, 157-179. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • 2007. Strikes Around the World, 1968-2005 Case-studies of 15 Countries. Amsterdam University Press.
  • LYDDON D and Darlington R. 2001. Glorious Summer: Class Struggle in Britain, 1972. Bookmarks Publications.

Journal Articles

  • Papadopoulos O and Lyddon D. 2020. Deregulation and institutional conversion in the Greek hotel industry: an employment relations model in transition. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 51(1-2), 92-109. doi> link>
  • Lyddon D. 2017. Alternatives to State-Socialism in Britain: Other Worlds of Labour in the Twentieth Century. BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, vol. 55(4), 879-881. link> doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2015. Bureaucratic Mass Strikes: A response to Mark O'Brien. International Socialism.
  • Lyddon D, Cao X, Meng Q, Lu J. 2015. A strike of ‘unorganised’ workers in a Chinese car factory: the Nanhai Honda events of 2010. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 46(2), 134-152. doi> full text>
  • Lyddon D. 2014. Trade Unions and the History of Health and Safety in British Mining. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, vol. 35, 157-179. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2012. Postscript: The Labour Unrest in Great Britain and Ireland, 1910-1914 - Still unchartered territory?. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, vol. 33, 241-265. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2011. Beatrice Webb and Equal Pay: Foreword to the wages of Men and Women: Should they be equal?. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 181-200. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2011. Review of John Kelly, 'Ethical Socialism and the Trade Unions: Allan Flanders and British Industrial Relations Reform. Contemporary British History, vol. 25(3), 464-466.
  • Lyddon D. 2010. Walter Milne-Bailey, the TUC Research Department, and the 1926 General Strike: The background to "A Nation on Strike". Historical Studies in Industrial Relations. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 2009. JACK HALESTRAP Obituary. BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL, vol. 207(5), 247. link> doi>
  • LYDDON D. 2007. The home office circular on picketing (1911) and reports on picketing and intimidation in Liverpool (1911). Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, vol. 23/24, 209-232.
  • LYDDON D and Smith P. 2007. The trade disputes act 1906: The first fifty years. Federation News, vol. 57(1), 12-13.
  • Lyddon D. 2006. Review of A.Marsh and J.Smethurst 'Historical Directory of Trade Unions Vol 5'. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 155-158.
  • LYDDON D. 2006. Review of A.Marsh and J.Smethurst 'historical directory of trade unions, vol5'. Historical Studies in International Relations, vol. 22, 155-158.
  • LYDDON D. 2005. Strike statistics and militancy: A comment. Historical studies in Industrial Relations, vol. 19, 153-170.
  • Lyddon D. 2004. History of Britain's Trade Unions. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 165-186. doi>
  • LYDDON D. 2004. Selected bibliography of writings by the late Tony Topham. Historical studies in industrial relations, vol. 17, 139-146.
  • Lyddon D. 2003. Review of "R. Harrison, the Life and Times of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, 1858-1905: The Formative Years" (2000). Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 153-164.
  • Lyddon D. 2002. Review of James A Jaffe, Striking a bargain: Work and Industrial Relations in England, 1815-65 and Steve Babson The unfinished struggle: Turning points in American labor, 1877-present. Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 33(1), 89-90.
  • Lyddon D. 2002. Review of T Cliff, In the thick of workers' struggle. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 185-190.
  • LYDDON D. 2002. Why industrial action won't go away. Federation News, vol. 52(2), 15-17.
  • Lyddon D. 2001. A J McIvor A history of Work in Britain 1880-1950. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 155-160.
  • Lyddon D. 2001. Aldcroft D H and Oliver M J Trade Unions and the Economy 1870-2000. Historica Studies in Industrial Relations, 155-160.
  • Lyddon D. 2001. Reviews of AJ McIvor, 'A history of Work in Britain, 1880-1950', and DH Aldcroft and MJ Oliver 'Trade Unions and the Economy, 1870-2000'. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 155-160.
  • Lyddon D. 2000. Reviews of WH Fraser 'A History of British Trade Unionism, 1700-1998' and R Mace, 'British Trade Union Posters'. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 167-170.
  • Lyddon D. 1999. Review of B Jones. 'Forcing the Factory of the Future: Cybernation and Societal Institutions Labour History Review. Labour History Review, vol. 64(1), 89-90.
  • Lyddon D. 1998. ‘Rediscovering the Past: Recent British Strike Tactics in Historical Perspective’. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 107-151. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 1998. Review of J Melling and A McKinlay 'Management, Labour and Industrial Politics in Modern Europe: The Quest for Productivity Growth during the Twentieth Century. Labour History Review, vol. 63(2), 205-206.
  • Lyddon D. 1997. Reviews of J. Smith, ‘1896–1996: A History in Health’; J. E. Mortimer, ‘History of the Boilermakers’ Society, Vol. 3: 1940–1989’; P. Dorey, ‘The Conservative Party and the Trade Unions’; T. Zaniello, ‘Working Stiffs, Union Maids, Reds, and Riffraff: An Organized Guide to Films about Labor. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 169-171.
  • Lyddon D. 1996. Industrial Relations and History. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 1-10. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 1996. Review of A Charlesworth et al., 'An atlas of Industrial Protest in Britain, 1750-1990'. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 188-192.
  • Lyddon D. 1996. Reviews of E. Taplin, ‘Near to Revolution: The Liverpool General Transport Strike of 1911’; R. Storey and C. Woodland, ‘Summary Guide to the Modern Records Centre’; R. Storey (ed.), ‘Automotive History Sources in Coventry Archives’. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 193.
  • Lyddon D. 1996. Skill and Technical Change in British Vehicle Building c. 1830-1939. Social History Society Bulletin, vol. 21(1), 291-31.
  • Lyddon D. 1996. The Myth of Mass Production and the Mass Production of Myth. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 77-105. doi>
  • LYDDON D. 1994. INDUSTRIAL-RELATIONS THEORY AND LABOR HISTORY. INTERNATIONAL LABOR AND WORKING-CLASS HISTORY, 122-141. link>
  • Lyddon D. 1994. Review of R Church, 'The Rise and Decline of the British Motor Industry'. Staffordshire Studies, 123-124.
  • LYDDON D. 1993. THE FUTURE OF LABOR MOVEMENTS - REGINI,M. BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, vol. 31(4), 633-634. link>
  • Lyddon D. 1993. "Trade Union Traditions" the Oxford Welsh, and the 1934 Pressed Steel Strike. Journal of Welsh Labour History, vol. 6(2), 106-114.
  • Lyddon D. 1993. L'evolution des systemes de relations industruelles par la regulation des emplois en Grande-Bretagne et en France. Gestion des Ressources Humaines, 31-48.
  • Lyddon D, Jeffreys S, Le Berre M. 1993. Union Survival: A Comparative Approach to Union Culture and Job Regulation in Britain, France and Germany. Management Research News: communication news of emergent international management research, vol. 16(5/6), 34-35. doi>
  • Lyddon D. 1984. Demythologising the Downturn. International Socialism Journal, 91-107.
  • LYDDON D. 1983. WORKPLACE ORGANIZATION IN THE BRITISH CAR INDUSTRY - A CRITIQUE OF ZEITLIN,JONATHAN. HISTORY WORKSHOP JOURNAL, 131-140. link>
  • Lyddon D. 1977. British Leyland: The Shop Stewards and Participation. International Socialism Journal, 20-26.
  • Lyddon D. 1972. Measured Day Work, Piecework and British Leyland. International Socialism Journal, 5-8.
  • Lyddon D. 2015. The changing pattern of UK strikes, 1964-2014. EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, vol. 37(6), 733-745. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Lyddon D. 2012. From the greatest victories to the biggest defeat: The British coalminers' national strikes of 1972, 1974 and 1984-85. In Strikes and Social Conflicts: Towards a Global History. (2nd ed.). International Association Strikes and Social Conflict.
  • LYDDON D. 2009. Strikes: Industrial conflict under New Labour. In Trade Unions in a Neoliberal World: British Trade Unions under New Labour. Daniels G and McIlroy J (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • Lyddon D. 2007. Estado y relaciones de trabajo en Gran Bretana. La promoción estatal de la negociación colectiva de ámbito nacional. In Estados y relaciones de trabajo en la Europa del siglo XX. Fundación F. Largo Caballero – Ediciones Cinca.
  • LYDDON D. 2007. From strike wave to strike drought: the United Kingdom, 1968-2005. In Strikes Around the World, 1968-2005. Velden SVD, Dribbusch H, Lyddon D, Vandalele K (Eds.). Aksant Academic Publishers, Amsterdam.
  • LYDDON D. 2007. Strike statistics and the problems of international comparison. In Strikes around the world 1968-2005: Case-studies of 15 countries. Velden SVD, Dribbusch H, Lyddon D, Vandaele K (Eds.). Amsterdam: Askant Academic Publishers.
  • LYDDON D. 2007. The state and work relations in Britain: the state's promotion of sector collective bargaining at national level. In Estados y relaciones de trabajo en la Europa del siglo XX. Castillo, Santiago, Pigenet, Michel, Soubiran-Paillet, Francine (Eds.). Madrid: Fundacion F Largo Caballero.
  • LYDDON D and Smith P. 2006. The 1906 Act: The First Fifty Years - Industrial Relations, Picketing and the Employers' Challenge. In The Right to Strike: From the Trade Disputes Act 1906 to a Trade Union Freedom Bill 2006. Ewing KD (Ed.). Institute of Employment Rights (1 Dec 2006) .
  • LYDDON D. 2005. Employment during the second world war. In Fortress Britain: Working lives and trade unions in World War II. Welsh D (Ed.). London.
  • LYDDON D. 2003. History and Industrial Relations. In Understanding Work and Employment: Industrial Relations in Transition. Ackers P and Wilkinson A (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Lyddon D and Darlington R. 2003. Industrial and Political Strategy in the 1972 British Strike Wave. In New Approaches to Socialist History. Flett K and Renton D (Eds.). New Clarion Press, Cheltenham.
  • Lyddon D. 1999. Glorious Summer, 1972: The High Tide of Rank and File Militancy. In British Trade Unionism and Industrial Politics, Vol 2: The High Tide of Trade Unionism, 1964-79. Ashgate.
  • Lyddon D. 1997. From unemployment benefit to redundancy pay: Trade Unions, the State, and the Unemployment in the British Car Industry, 1911-1965. In Labour, Social Policy, and the Welfare State. International Institute of Social History.
  • Lyddon D. 1996. The Car Industry, 1945-1979: Shop Stewards and Workplace Unionism. In Industrial Relations in a Declining Industrial Economy: A History of British Industrial Relations, 1939-1979. Edward Elgar.
  • Lyddon D. 1990. The Industrial Relations of Decline, but not the decline of Industrial Relations: The UK Automobile Industry in the 1980s. In Restructuring for Economic Flexibility.

Other

  • Lyddon D. 2003. Union History Timeline, 1980-2000.