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6th Edition

International and Comparative Employment Relations
National regulation, global changes

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ISBN 9781760110291
Published October 21, 2015 by Routledge
446 Pages

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Book Description

'The most comprehensive and authoritative comparative analysis of employment relations . . .' Thomas Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

'. . . breaks new ground as an integrated account of the forces shaping employment relations.' William Brown, University of Cambridge. United Kingdom

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 United Kingdom, United States, 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 and pay determination.

This sixth edition is fully revised with 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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Table of Contents

Foreword - William Brown


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1 Introduction: An internationally comparative approach to employment relations - Nick Wailes, Chris F. Wright, Greg J. Bamber and Russell D. Lansbury

2 Employment relations in the United Kingdom - Jeremy Waddington

3 Employment relations in the United States - Harry C. Katz and Alexander J.S. Colvin

4 Employment relations in Canada - Daphne G. Taras and Scott Walsworth

5 Employment relations in Australia - Chris F. Wright and Russell D. Lansbury

6 Employment relations in Italy - Lucio Baccaro and Valeria Pulignano

7 Employment relations in France - Patrice Laroche

8 Employment relations in Germany - Berndt K. Keller and Anja Kirsch

9 Employment relations in Denmark - Jorgen Steen Madsen, Jesper Due and Soren Kaj Andersen

10 Employment relations in Japan - Hiromasa Suzuki, Katsuyuki Kubo and Kazuya Ogura

11 Employment relations in South Korea - Byoung-Hoon Lee

12 Employment relations in China - Fang Lee Cooke

13 Employment relations in India - Anil Verma and Shyam Sundar

14 Conclusions: Beyond varieties of capitalism, towards convergence and internationalisation? - Chris F. Wright, Nick Wailes, Russell D. Lansbury and Greg J. Bamber




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GREG J. BAMBER is Professor, Monash Business School, Melbourne, Australia and Visiting Professor, Newcastle University, United Kingdom. RUSSELL D. LANSBURY is Emeritus Professor, and CHRIS F. WRIGHT is Senior Lecturer, both in Work and Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School, Australia. NICK WAILES is Professor and Associate Dean, UNSW Business School, Australia.