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International and Comparative Employment Relations: A Study of Industrialised Market Economies

International and Comparative Employment Relations: A Study of Industrialised Market Economies

ISBN 9781864484700
Edition 3 ed
Publication Date
Publisher Allen & Unwin
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Overview
One of the main reasons for studying the experiences of other societies is to gain a better insight into one's own country and practices. In this authoritative collection, experts from ten key industrialised market economies - Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Korea - examine the factors which have shaped the different forms of industrial relations in their countries.In each country the book examines the history and contemporary position of the employment relationship, including legal changes, labour market flexibility and human resource management. Using an internationally comparative approach, this book helps readers to understand the relative significance of various factors - history, politics, technology, economic policies, laws and culture - in determining the type of employment relations system adopted by different countries.Substantial comparative chapters examine theories and trends in market economies in general. A valuable appendix provides comparative economic and labour market data.The first two editions of International and Comparative Industrial Relations became standard texts for a worldwide readership of students and specialists in this field. This new edition, retitled to reflect the changing nature of industrial relations, is completely updated. The book discusses the promotion of efficiency and equity, workplace reform, privatisation and globalisation, as well as pay determination, negotiation, arbitration and employee participation. This sets the scene for employment relations in the twenty-first century.The growth of international commerical and industrial links has made it imperative for governments, employers, unions and others to be aware of the patterns of labour markets in other countries. International and Comparative Employment Relations provides valuable lessons to be learned, and anticipated, from the experience of others.

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