1st Edition

European Labour Relations Volume I - Common Features

By György Széll Copyright 2001

    This title was first published in 2001. With the increasing economic, political and social integration in Europe, there has been a fundamental change in labour and industrial relations. Not only in the Japanese and American challenges in the triad competition under the slogan of ’Lean Management’ but also ecological and democratic challenges are relevant. The directive for the introduction of European works councils is one example of new forms of industrial relations. The question remains since the Hofstede studies on how far will integration go in guarding the cultural specificity’s and identities. The material is structured in a logical and helpful way with a balanced and complete review of the subject. This first of two volumes concentrates on the general features of the European system of labour relations. Both volumes are addressed particularly to academics and students of business administration, economics, sociology, labour law and organizational psychology at university level, and would also be suitable for intensive courses and seminars in the private sector.

    Contents: The prospects of labour-orientated science and research, György Széll; Collective bargaining, Terry McIlwee; Wage systems and industrial relations, Marcel Bolle De Bal; The form of wages or the composition of the wage package, Jörn Janssen; European human resources management, Margaret Ryan; Technological change and limitations of theory, Savvas Katsikides; Total quality: a political dilemma. Considerations from an Italian perspective, Francesco Garibaldo; The ecological challenge, Eckart Hildebrandt and Eberhard Schmidt; The social dimension of the European integration process - history, status quo, perspectives, Martin Schwanholz; Unemployment - industrial relations failure and labour market failure, Peter de Gijsel; Working time, Gerhard Bosch and Steffen Lehndorff; Co-operatives, Paul Trappe; The origins of the European employment strategy: content and limits, Janine Goetschy; Supranational industrial relations in Europe - a literature survey, Otto Jacobi; Globalization and human resource management: the end of industrial relations?, Jan Kees Looise and Maarten J. van Riemsdijk; Labour relations and social model - a Triadic comparison, Wolfgang Lecher; Employers, Renate Hornung-Draus; The European trade union confederation, Alexandra Baum; The employment relationship on the eve of the twenty-first century: challenges for the trade unions, György Széll; Indices.


    Széll, György

    ’The new publication European Labour Relations edited by György Széll comes in a period where increasing European integration sets new challenges for management, unions and workers. The two volumes propose a new integrated approach in focussing in the first volume on common features and in the second volume on until now rather neglected country studies, and ending with a critical assessment on the past era of deregulation. The two volumes are most welcome for labour studies within and outside Europe, for academia as well as practitioners.’ Professor Dr Tiziano Treu, Former President of the International Industrial Research Association, Former Italian Minister of Labour. ’... a welcome support for both teachers and students in the field ... also provides an abundant source for discussions among and with practitioners.’ Friedrich Furstenberg, Former President of the International Relations Association 'The volumes are full of useful ideas and backgrounds - with wider industrial democracy the aspiration' CLR News 'Szell has contributed immensely to the cause of industrial relations research in Continental Europe. This well-conceptualized and developed book will raise his stature to a still higher pedestal.' Indian Journal of Industrial Relations