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International and Comparative Employment Relations

International and Comparative Employment Relations
National Regulation, Global Changes

Sixth Edition
Edited by:
  • Greg J. Bamber - Professor, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia/ Newcastle University, UK
  • Russell D. Lansbury - Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Nick Wailes - Professor and Associate Dean, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Chris F. Wright - Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, Australia

© 2016 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Each of the contributors to the work are world class scholars. The editors are similarly elite at their game. In addition, all parties have had a chance to refine their act to the point (now) where they have created something truly indispensable for the serious student of comparative employment relations." - Anthony Gould, Laval University, Canada

 “The most enduring and valuable book in the field of international and comparative employment relations in the last 30 years, the sixth edition covers advanced and emerging economies with insightful theoretical implications from a comparative perspective.” - Dong-One Kim, Korea University; incoming President ILERA  

"This latest edition is another major contribution by a group of eminent scholars in the field. It serves to promote the study of comparative employment relations in the current context of globalisation, which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO).” - Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

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 UK, USA, 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
  • pay determination

This sixth edition has 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.

Nick Wailes, Chris F Wright, Greg J Bamber and Russell D Lansbury
Introduction: The End of Diversity?
Jeremy Waddington
Employment Relations in the United Kingdom
Harry C. Katz and Alexander J. S. Colvin
Employment Relations in the United States
Daphne G. Taras and Scott Walsworth
Employment Relations in Canada
Chris F. Wright and Russell D. Lansbury
Employment Relations in Australia
Lucio Baccaro and Valeria Pulignano
Employment Relations in Italy
Patrice Laroche
Employment Relations in France
Berndt Keller and Anja Kirsch
Employment Relations in Germany
Jørgen Steen Madsen, Jesper Due and Søren Kaj Andersen
Employment Relations in Denmark
Hiromasa Suzuki, Katsuyuki Kubo and Kazuya Ogura
Employment Relations in Japan
Byoung-Hoon Lee
Employment relations in South Korea
Fang Lee Cooke
Employment Relations in China
Anil Verma and Shyam Sundar
Employment Relations in India
Chris F Wright, Nick Wailes, Russell D Lansbury and Greg J Bamber
Conclusions: Beyond Varieties of Capitalism?


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The most enduring and valuable book in the field of international and comparative employment relations in the last 30 years, the 6th edition covers advanced and emerging economies with insightful theoretical implications from a comparative perspective.

Dong-One Kim
University of Korea; President, ILERA

In this most recent edition, the editors and contributors build, refine, and expand their analysis of employment relations and apply it to a much larger set of workers and employers than they did in previous editions of the book. The book’s approach is particularly important at a time when trends toward economic globalization are increasingly countered by governments trying to preserve the autonomy of their own employment systems.

Jeffrey Wheeler
Monthly Labor Review - Bureau of Labor Statistics

The most comprehensive and authoritative comparative analysis of employment relations….especially welcomed because it provides excellent comparisons of how employment systems in different countries responded to the effects of the post-2007 “Great Recession”. By doing so this stellar group of authors and editors provide new insights on the adaptability of labor market institutions across the globe.

Thomas Kochan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Former ILERA President

The book breaks new ground as an integrated account of the forces shaping employment relations. It provides expert analysis of the national regulation of labour for more than half the world’s population. The introduction sets out a theoretical framework within which the salient institutional characteristics of the different countries discussed in the following chapters can be appreciated and compared.

William Brown
University of Cambridge, UK

This new edition of a highly praised book is commended for its timely analysis of the impact of globalisation on national industrial relations.

Janice Bellace
University of Pennsylvania, USA; Former President, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

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