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Industrial Relations in Europe
Traditions and Transitions

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September 1996 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with The Open University of the Netherlands

A broad-ranging introduction to the changing nature and context of industrial relations in contemporary Europe is offered in this textbook.

Through a coordinated analysis of industrial relations in specific European nations, the book gives a representative, up-to-date and dynamic understanding of the subject. Across the individual national case studies, a range of common elements is examined. These include: the differing roles of governments, business and labour as actors in the industrial relations system, and their mutual relationships; the dynamics of collective bargaining, conflict, consultation and worker participation; and the overall performance of industrial relations in economic, social and political terms.

These issues are addressed within the wider context of changes affecting industrial relations in Europe in the 1990s: European unification; the globalization of production and markets, the information revolution; the destabilization of labour markets; the fragmentation of societies in the post-industrial era; and the crisis of welfare states.

Jelle Visser
Traditions and Transitions in Industrial Relations
A European View  
Jelle Visser and Joris Van Ruysseveldt
From Pluralism to... Where? Industrial Relations in Great Britain
Joris Van Ruysseveldt and Jelle Visser
Contestation and State Intervention Forever? Industrial Relations in France
Jelle Visser and Joris Van Ruysseveldt
Robust Corporatism, Still? Industrial Relations in Germany
Jelle Visser
Corporatism beyond Repair? Industrial Relations in Sweden
Joris Van Ruysseveldt and Jelle Visser
Weak Corporatisms Going Different Ways? Industrial Relations in the Netherlands and Belgium
Jelle Visser
A Truly Mixed Case
Industrial Relations in Italy  
Marc van der Meer
Aspiring Corporatism? Industrial Relations in Spain
Hans Slomp, Jacques van Hoof and Hans Moerel
The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Some Central and Eastern European Countries
Colin Crouch
Revised Diversity
From the Neo-Liberal Decade to beyond Maastricht  

`Each chapter is tidily and logically sectionalised. Text-boxes highlight key features of any given system, such as the voluntaristic tradition in the UK, the central role of state involvement in France, the strength of German employers' associations, or the scala mobile inflation-adjustment mechanism in Italy. The tables covering single countries in the chapters themselves are supplemented by a table appendix providing comparative data for all the countries on 30 or so dimensions. I estimate the bibliography at just under 600 items, most of them very or fairly recent, with what a quick sampling suggests is a very high degree of documentary accuracy.... What a staggering people the Dutch are when it come to languages! If only some of us wrote so fluently in English as this team does. Multiple library copies all round please, and a three-star rating on reading lists' - BUIRA Newsletter

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