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Comparative Industrial & Employment Relations

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September 1995 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Published in Association with The Open University of the Netherlands

Comparing industrial and employment relations in different countries and identifying the elements of commonality across the range of national systems,

this comprehensive textbook provides an introduction to industrial and employment relations in the wider economic, technological and political context.

Throughout, employment relations are set within the framework of the overall relationships between firms, markets, interest organizations and governments. Topics addressed include: distinct theoretical approaches to analyzing industrial and employment relations; the role of interest groups and organized interests in the industrial relations system; differences in the level of government intervention in industrial relations over time and between nations; the processes of bargaining, collective representation and participation, and the growth of flexibility; changes over time in three key elements of employment relations - wages, working time and qualifications; and developments in employment relations, work organization and technology in three important sectors - the automobile industry, banking and retailing.

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Joris Van Ruysseveldt
Growing Cross-National Diversity or Growing Diversity tout court? An Introduction to Comparative Industrial and Employment Relations
Rien Huiskamp
Regulating the Employment Relationship
An Analytical Framework  
 
PART TWO: INTEREST ORGANIZATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN A CHANGING EUROPE
Jelle Visser
Trade Unions from a Comparative Perspective
Frans van Waarden
Employers and Employers' Associations
Frans van Waarden
Government Intervention in Industrial Relations
 
PART THREE: INSTITUTIONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
Rien Huiskamp
Collective Bargaining in Transition
Rien Huiskamp
Industrial Democracy, Employee Participation and Operational Autonomy
 
PART FOUR: WAGES, WORKING TIME AND QUALIFICATIONS
David Marsden
Wages from a European Perspective
Willem de Lange
Working Time and Time Resource Management
Arndt Sorge
Labour Relations, Organization and Qualifications
 
PART FIVE: NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
Arndt Sorge
New Production Technologies and Changing Work Systems
Ben Dankbaar
The Crisis of Fordism
Restructuring in the Automobile Industry  
Albert Mok and Kea Tijdens
Service Work in European Countries
Organization, Technology and Industrial Relations in Banking and Retailing  

`Overall the book is useful, not simply for reminding us of the continued salience of industrial relations, the employment relationship and the labour process, but also for showing that the future may see not convergence (even towards a "Euro-model" yet alone across a wider canvass) - diversity may even be increasing' - Asia Pacific Business Review

`Conceptually this book is very nicely organized.... In Part 2 there are chapters on trade unions (Jelle Visser), employers' associations (Frans van Waarden; one of the best essays I have ever read on this topic) and the state (also by van Waarden)' - Comparative Industrial Relations Newsletter

`It is impossible in this review to discuss all the rich ideas contained in this comprehensive reader. Not only from its contents, but also from a didactic point of view, the book is excellent (for example the many explanatory panels) and is a useful tool for all researchers and teachers of industrial relations as well as for labour economists' - Economic and Industrial Democracy

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Joris Ruysseveldt

Rien Huiskamp

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ISBN: 9780803979673
£31.99