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Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy

1st Edition

Edited by Carola Frege, John Kelly


468 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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"Employment Relations" is widely taught in business schools around the world. Increasingly however more emphasis is being placed on the comparative and international dimensions of the relations between employers and workers. It is becoming ever more important to comprehend today’s work and employment issues alongside a knowledge of 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.

This textbook is the first to present a cross-section of country studies, including all four BRIC countries, Brazil, Russia, India and China alongside integrative thematic chapters covering all the important topics needed to excel in this field. The textbook also benefits from the editors' and contributors' experience as leading scholars in Employment Relations.

The book is an ideal resource for students on advanced undergraduate and postgraduate comparative programmes across areas such as Employment Relations, Human Resource Management, Political Economy, Labour Politics, Industrial and Economic Sociology, Regulation and Social Policy.


'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

'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

Table of Contents

Part I: Comparative Employment Relations 1. Introduction: Global Challenges at Work (John Kelly and Carola Frege) 2. Theoretical Approaches to Comparative Employment Relations (Carola Frege and John Kelly) Part II: The Content of Employment Regulation 3. Individual Employee Rights at Work (Cynthia Estlund) 4. Collective Representation at Work: Institutions and Dynamics (Richard Hyman and Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick) 5. The Experience of Work in Comparative Perspective (Patrick McGovern) 6. Human Resource Management, Organizational Performance and Employee Involvement (Stephen Wood) 7. Employment Relations and Economic Performance (Eileen Appelbaum and John Schmitt) 8. Employment Relations, Welfare and Politics (Anke Hassel) Part III: Employment Regulation in National Contexts 9. The United States (Gerald Friedman) 10. The United Kingdom (John Kelly) 11. France (Nick Parsons) 12. Germany (Martin Behrens) 13. Sweden (Torsten Svensson) 14. Japan (D. Hugh Whittaker) 15. Brazil (Mark S. Anner and João Paulo Cândia Veiga) 16. Russia (Sarah Ashwin and Irina Kozina) 17. India (Vidu Badigannavar) 18. China (Mingwei Liu) 19. South Africa (Roger Southall)Part IV: Transnational Regulation 20. Globalization (Sarosh Kuruvilla and Tashlin Lakhani) 21. Voluntary Regulation: Codes of Practice and Framework Agreements (Michael Fichter) 22. Regional Regulation: the EU and NAFTA (Monika-Ewa Kaminska) 23. International Regulation: The ILO and Other Agencies (Keith D. Ewing)

About the Editors

Carola Frege is Professor of Employment Relations at the London School of Economics, UK

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General