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International and Comparative Employment Relations : National Regulation, Global Changes

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"Each of the contributors to the work are world class scholars. The editors are similarly elite at their game. In addition, all parties have had a chance to refine their act to the point (now) where they have created something truly indispensable for the serious student of comparative employment relations." - Anthony Gould, Laval University, Canada





"The most enduring and valuable book in the field of international and comparative employment relations in the last 30 years, the sixth edition covers advanced and emerging economies with insightful theoretical implications from a comparative perspective." - Dong-One Kim, Korea University; incoming President ILERA



"This latest edition is another major contribution by a group of eminent scholars in the field. It serves to promote the study of comparative employment relations in the current context of globalisation, which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO)." - Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO



Established as the standard reference for a worldwide readership of students, scholars and practitioners in international agencies, governments, companies and unions, this text offers a systematic overview of international employment relations.



Chapters cover the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, China and India.

Experts examine the context of employment relations in each country: economic, historical, legal, social and political. They consider the roles of the major players: employers, unions and governments. They outline the processes of employment relations: collective bargaining and arbitration, consultation and employee involvement.



Topical issues are discussed:




non-unionised workplaces
novel forms of human resource management
labour law reform
multinational enterprises
networked organisations
differences between Asian and western companies
small and medium-sized enterprises
migrant workers
technological change
labour market flexibility
pay determination


This sixth edition has an emphasis on globalisation and comparative theories, including concepts of convergence. It offers a new framework for varieties of capitalism in the introduction, and concludes with an insightful account of the forces shaping employment relations in the world economy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 840g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 1473911559
  • 9781473911550
  • 1,423,558

Table of contents

Introduction: The End of Diversity? - Nick Wailes, Chris F Wright, Greg J Bamber and Russell D Lansbury
Employment Relations in the United Kingdom - Jeremy Waddington
Employment Relations in the United States - Harry C. Katz and Alexander J. S. Colvin
Employment Relations in Canada - Daphne G. Taras and Scott Walsworth
Employment Relations in Australia - Chris F. Wright and Russell D. Lansbury
Employment Relations in Italy - Lucio Baccaro and Valeria Pulignano
Employment Relations in France - Patrice Laroche
Employment Relations in Germany - Berndt Keller and Anja Kirsch
Employment Relations in Denmark - Jorgen Steen Madsen, Jesper Due and Soren Kaj Andersen
Employment Relations in Japan - Hiromasa Suzuki, Katsuyuki Kubo and Kazuya Ogura
Employment relations in South Korea - Byoung-Hoon Lee
Employment Relations in China - Fang Lee Cooke
Employment Relations in India - Anil Verma and Shyam Sundar
Conclusions: Beyond Varieties of Capitalism? - Chris F Wright, Nick Wailes, Russell D Lansbury and Greg J Bamber
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A classic reference book on international and comparative employment relations, it provides an authoritative, up-to-date and systematic account

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it offers labour law scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with a smorgasbord of background knowledge, concepts, and tools to compare and evaluate how work is organised and governed in different parts of the world, which will no doubt create meaningful insights into our own -- Mimi Zou * Industrial Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 4 * Each of the contributors to the work are world class scholars. The editors are similarly elite at their game. In addition, all parties have had a chance to refine their act to the point (now) where they have created something truly indispensable for the serious student of comparative employment relations-or those merely interested in same. Read it ! You will learn a lot about its subject matter and how to write. You may even enjoy the experience of viewing real and important scholarship. -- Anthony Gould This latest edition is another major contribution by a group of eminent scholars in the field. It serves to promote the study of comparative employment relations in the current context of globalization which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO). -- Guy Ryder This pioneering book sets the standard for the field. It offers a theoretically informed analysis, which links key trends in employment relations across twelve countries to global phenomena. It is essential reading for those interested in comparative industrial relations as well as political economy. -- Jimmy Donaghey This book will be welcomed by students and scholars seeking to understand the implications of the interconnectedness of national economies for national-level employment relations, institutions and actors. Twelve countries are explored in chapters written by national experts who together with contributions from the esteemed editors provide detailed information and conceptual tools. -- Linda Dickens * University of Warwick, UK * This new edition of a highly praised book is commended for its timely analysis of the impact of globalisation on national industrial relations. -- Janice Bellace The book breaks new ground as an integrated account of the forces shaping employment relations. It provides expert analysis of the national regulation of labour for more than half the world's population. The introduction sets out a theoretical framework within which the salient institutional characteristics of the different countries discussed in the following chapters can be appreciated and compared. -- William Brown The most comprehensive and authoritative comparative analysis of employment relations....especially welcomed because it provides excellent comparisons of how employment systems in different countries responded to the effects of the post-2007 "Great Recession". By doing so this stellar group of authors and editors provide new insights on the adaptability of labor market institutions across the globe. -- Thomas Kochan In this most recent edition, the editors and contributors build, refine, and expand their analysis of employment relations and apply it to a much larger set of workers and employers than they did in previous editions of the book. The book's approach is particularly important at a time when trends toward economic globalization are increasingly countered by governments trying to preserve the autonomy of their own employment systems. -- Jeffrey Wheeler The most enduring and valuable book in the field of international and comparative employment relations in the last 30 years, the 6th edition covers advanced and emerging economies with insightful theoretical implications from a comparative perspective. -- Dong-One Kim
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