2nd Edition

Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy

Edited By Carola Frege, John Kelly Copyright 2020
    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    560 Pages
    by Routledge

    Employment Relations is widely taught in business schools around the world. However, an increasing emphasis is being placed on the comparative and international dimensions of the relationships between employers and workers. It is becoming crucial to consider today’s work and employment issues alongside the dynamics between global financial and product markets, global production chains, national and international employment actors and institutions, and the ways in which these relationships play out in different national contexts.

    Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy addresses this need by presenting a cross-section of country studies – including the UK, Germany, USA, Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa – alongside integrative thematic chapters covering essential topics such as theoretical approaches, collective representation and employment regulation.

    This second edition benefits from:

    • Careful updates to theory and real-life developments
    • Fuller treatment of topics such as labour migration, gender and discrimination, global value chains and corporate governance
    • A more logical ordering of chapters, with globalization issues appearing earlier

    This textbook is the perfect resource for students on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate comparative and international programmes across areas such as employment relations, industrial relations, human resource management, political economy, labour politics, industrial and economic sociology, regulation and social policy.

    Part 1 Comparative employment relations

    1. Introduction: global challenges at work - John Kelly and Carola Frege

    2 Theoretical perspectives on comparative employment relations - Carola Frege and John Kelly

    Part 2 Employment relations challenges in comparative perspective

    3 Globalization and employment relations – Sarosh Kuruvilla

    4 Job quality, work intensity and working time: some cross-national comparisons on the experience of work - Patrick McGovern

    5 Inequalities and employment relations - Jenny Rodriguez and Jill Rubery

    6 Labour migration - Carola Frege

    7 Work and employment practices in comparative perspective - John Godard

    8 Employment relations and economic performance - Damian Grimshaw and Susan Hayter

    9 Employment relations, welfare and politics - Anke Hassel

    Part 3 Regulating the employment relationship

    10 Individual employee rights at work - Cynthia Estlund

    11 Collective representation at work: institutions and dynamics - Richard Hyman and Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick

    12 Regional regulation: the EU - Paul Marginson

    13 International regulation: standards and voluntary practices - Michael Fichter

    Part 4 Employment regulation in national contexts

    14 The United States - Gerald Friedman and John Godard

    15 The United Kingdom - John Kelly

    16 France - Nick Parsons

    17 Germany - Martin Behrens

    18 Sweden - Torsten Svensson

    19 Japan - D. Hugh Whittaker

    20 Brazil - Mark S. Anner and João Paulo Cândia Veiga

    21 Russia - Sarah Ashwin and Irina Kozina

    22 India - Vidu Badigannavar and Dona Ghosh

    23 China - Mingwei Liu

    24 South Africa - Roger Southall


    Carola Frege is Professor of International Employment Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    John Kelly is Professor of Industrial Relations at Birkbeck, University of London.

    "Despite a liberalizing global economy, nations retain distinctive labor-market institutions such as human resource practices, labor unions, and regulatory regimes. This volume contains the very best comparative research on these national systems. It is incisive, timely, and well organized. It can serve as a research handbook for scholars as well as a text for students in the professional and social sciences. It is outstanding."

    Sanford M. Jacoby, Distinguished Professor of Management and Public Affairs UCLA, USA


    "Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy is a superb collection that is truly global in scope, giving due regard to employment relations in emerging economies alongside those of the Global North. It provides the best available treatment of comparative employment relations and is an essential text for anyone teaching or studying in this area."

    Edmund Heery, Professor of Employment Relations, Cardiff Business School, UK


    "This book provides a new and refreshing approach to the study of comparative employment relations -- one that locates developments in both advanced and transitional countries within the broader political economy of global capitalism, but without losing sight of the continuing importance of national level differences and the institutional traditions that underpin them."

    Professor John Godard, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Canada