Not all labour law and industrial relations scholars agree on the efficacy of the comparative approach – that the analysis of measures adopted in other countries can play a constructive role in national and local policy-making. However, the case deserves to be heard, and no better such presentation has appeared than this remarkable book, the carefully considered work of over 40 well-known authorities in the field from a wide variety of countries including Australia, France, India, Israel, Peru, Poland, and South Africa. The volume contains papers delivered at a conference sponsored by the Marco Biagi Foundation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in March 2008.
The essays shed light on how various jurisdictions are dealing with such unsettled (and unsettling) issues of employment in a globalized world as the following:
- competing paradigms in international business theory;
- major business site selection;
- atypical employment contracts;
- risks for employment posed by operations on the financial markets;
- workfare/flexicurity programmes;
- the fear of social dumping;
- legitimization of employee representatives’ cooperation at transnational level;
- the ‘rights’ rhetoric of the neoliberal agenda;
- workplace-level evidence of outsourcing consequences;
- social security protection and the informal economy; and
- occupational health.
In addition, national experts present reports on specific developments in Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Chile, and Venezuela.
In its detailed investigation of labour and employment issues far beyond the confines of the nation-state, this book stands alone. The range and depth of the studies relating to the protection of workers’ rights, and the great variety of countries represented in geographical, linguistic, and political terms, make this book of far-reaching value to labour law and industrial relations specialists worldwide.
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Notes on Contributors. Editorial. Part I: Comparative Approaches to Labour Law and Industrial Relations. 1.
How Can We Study Industrial Relations Comparatively? R. Hyman. 2.
Lessons from the Past? Critique of ‘How Can We Study Industrial Relations Comparatively?’ J. Rojot
The Case for the Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study of Labour Relations; L. Aparicio Valdez, J. Bernedo Alvarado. 4.
Industrial Relations in International Business Theory: The Case for Comparative and Interdisciplinary Research; M.L. Wiśniewski. Part II: Industrial Relations and Trade Union Rights. 5.
Trade Union Rights in a Free Market Area: The EU Experience in Laval and Viking; F. Hendrickx. 6.
The Delta Site Selection Process at General Motors Europe: Works Council and Union Cooperation as a Participatory Model; M. Bartmann, S. Blum-Geenen. 7.
The Impact of Economic and Political Change upon Workplace Trade Union Representation in the UK; S. McKay, S. Moore. 8.
The Limits of Individual Employment Rights: The Reality of Neoliberalism; A. Pollert, P. Smith. 9.
Workplace-Level Evidence of Outsourcing Consequences in Unionized Canadian Manufacturing; P. Jalette. Part III: Atypical Employment. 10.
Are Atypical Employment Contracts Exclusively for New Entrants? The Case of the French Press; C. Aubert. 11.
State Protection for Temporary Agency Workers: Australian Developments; E. Underhill, M. Rimmer. Part IV: Social Protection and Social Security. 12.
Globalization and Social Protection; K.J. Vos. 13.
Changes of Employer, Employment Protection and Labour Market Attachment: An Analysis of Swedish Data from 1972 to 1998; B. Furåker, T. Berglund. 14.
The Reform of Social Protection Systems and Flexicurity in a European Perspective; S. Spattini. 15.
Extension of Labour Law and Social Security Protection to the Informal Sector: Developing Country Perspectives, with Specific Reference to Southern Africa; M. Olivier. 16.
The Informal Economy, Social Security and Legislative Attempts to Extend Social Security Protection; E. Fourie. Part V: Human Resource Management. 17.
Worker Participation, Organizational Climate and Change; M. Pilati, L. Innocenti. Part VI: Country Reports. 18.
The Local Dimension of the European Employment Strategy: The Clash of Competences in the Spanish Administration; F.J. Barba Ramos. 19.
Flexicurity in Hungary; E. Berde. 20.
The Fifth Anniversary of the New Lithuanian Labour Code: Time for Change? T. Davulis. 21.
Increasing the Flexibility of Employment Regulation in Estonia; M. Muda. 22.
The State, Society and the Individual in Labour Relations in Russia; E. Khokhlov, O. Rymkevich. 23.
Higher Education and Academic Recruitment in Russia; A.V. Zavgorodniy. 24.
Adverse Employment Conditions in Israel; I. Harpaz, Y. Gattegno. 25
. The Employability Approach to the Protection of Workers’ Rights in Singapore; Chew Soon-Beng, R. Chew. 26.
Job Security Issues in a Laissez-faire Economy: The Case of Hong Kong; R. Glofcheski. 27.
Do Cooperatives Protect Workers’ Rights? Lessons from Canada; J. Haiven, L. Haiven. 28.
Protecting the Health of Staff in Restaurant Smoking Areas in Chile; P. Arellano Ortiz. 29.
Labour in a Time of Transition: Labour and Political Changes in Venezuela; H. Lucena.