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Contemporary Employers’ Organizations
Adaptation and Resilience

ISBN 9780367611941
Published May 9, 2022 by Routledge
296 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book argues that employers’ organizations are resilient organizations that adapt to changing circumstances by developing new practices. Adaptation has been prompted by changing economic and social contexts, including state interventions and union activities. Contexts vary over time, across countries and world regions. The purpose of the book is to explore these variations and their impacts on employer organization.

The book covers the following themes across four book sections: theoretical perspectives on employer collective action; employers’ organizations in different types of capitalism; different types of employers’ organizations; and international and comparative employer interest representation. Theoretical explorations examining employer power, political preferences, meta-organizing, and ideological foundations are complemented by studies of employers’ organization in China, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Canada, and the UK. Different types such as regional and international employers’ organizations are also examined. The book is one of the few edited volumes to examine employer collective action within work and employment, and is the first since 1984 to consider western and non-western contexts.

The book will be of interest to employment relations and sociology of work researchers, scholars, advanced students, and practitioners as it brings new perspectives to an understudied actor in employment relations: employers’ organizations.

Table of Contents

1. The Adaptation and Resilience of Employers’ Organizations

Leon Gooberman and Marco Hauptmeier

Part I Theoretical Perspectives on Employer Collective Action

2. Employers’ Organizations: Sources of Power and Limits to Power

Glenn Morgan

3. Meta-organizing Employers: From Beneficial Constraints to Collective Self-discipline?

Markus Helfen

4. Facilitating Labour Shedding or Enhancing Labour Supply? An Analysis of German Employer Organizations’ Views on Work Incentive Effects of Social Programmes

Thomas Paster

5. Culture and Coordinated Industrial Relations

Cathie Jo Martin

Part II Employers’ Organizations in Different Types of Capitalism

6. Employers’ Organizations in China: Transmission Belt between Members and State

Judith Shuqin Zhu

7. Keeping the State out through Legitimacy: Employers’ Organizations in Denmark

Christian Lyhne Ibsen and Steen E. Navrbjerg

8. Employers’ Associations in Australia

Peter Sheldon and Louise Thornthwaite

9. German Employers’ Associations and their Strategy of Deliberate Neglect

Martin Behrens 

Part III Different Types of Employers’ Organizations

10. Countervailing Power and the Role of State Threats: The Case of Pro-religious Employers’ Organizations in Turkey

Lisa Ahsen Sezer

11. Representing the Interests of Quebec Employers: The Contribution of Regional Employers’ Organizations

Mélanie Laroche

12. Employers’ Organizations and the Territorial Divergence of Employment Relations in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland

Leon Gooberman and Marco Hauptmeier

Part IV International and Comparative Employer Interest Representation

13. Comparing Higher Education Employer Organization

Geoffrey White and Laurence Hopkins

14. International Employers’ Organizations and Public Policy beyond National Boundaries

Kevin Farnsworth and Cangheng Liu

15. Beyond Social Dialogue: The Varied Activities of European Employers’ Organizations

Mona Aranea, Leon Gooberman, Marco Hauptmeier

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Leon Gooberman is a Lecturer in Employment Relations at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK.

Marco Hauptmeier is a Professor of International Human Resource Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK.