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Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies

The Quest for Inclusive Development Edited by Susan Hayter, Senior Industrial and Employment Relations Specialist, International Labour Office, Switzerland and Chang-Hee Lee, Director, ILO Country Office for Viet Nam
This book examines industrial and employment relations in the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Turkey and assesses the contribution of industrial relations institutions to inclusive development. The book uses real world examples to examine the evolution of industrial relations and of organised interest representation on labour issues. It reveals contested institutional pathways, despite a continuing demand for independent collective interest representation in labour relations.
In Association with the International Labour Organization
Extent: c 240 pp
Hardback Price: $130.00 Web: $117.00
Publication Date: March 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 437 0
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By examining the evolution of industrial relations institutions in the emerging economies of Brazil, China, India, South Africa and Turkey, the authors in this book assess the contribution of these institutions to inclusive development.

Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies uses real world examples to assess the relevance of the conceptual frameworks used to examine employment relations. The chapters focus on the evolution of industrial relations institutions and the role that these have played in periods of economic and political transition. They demonstrate that rather than acting as a constraint on development, trade unions can contribute to stability, security and equity. However, the contribution of industrial relations institutions to inclusive development is at best a contested pathway. At worst it is viewed as increasingly irrelevant to the vast numbers of workers in the informal economy. The authors reveal a continuing demand for independent collective interest representation in labour relations, whether in the informal economy or in rapidly industrializing districts.

This book will prove an interesting and stimulating read for students, academics and researchers in the fields of human resources, industrial relations, sociology and labour economics, in addition to trade union researchers and policy-makers.
‘This timely volume goes a long way towards filling an important gap in the literature on industrial relations. It shows that the role that trade unions play in the development process is contested terrain, exposing the inherent limitations of pluralist frameworks in the largest emerging economies.’
– Richard Hyman, London School of Economics, UK

‘As the share of emerging economies in the global economy grows, academic, policy, and practical interests in industrial relations in such regions are increasing. This book is an uncommon book that analyses the contribution of industrial relations in emerging economies to inclusive growth in the era of socio-economic polarization. It is expected to contribute much to the academic discussion in this field’
– Dong-One Kim, President, International Labor and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)
Contributors include: J. Berg, A. Çelik, S. Hayter, C.-H. Lee, N. Pons-Vignon, U. Rani, E. Schneider, R. Sen





Contents:

1. Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies
Susan Hayter

2. Economic growth and the role of labour market institutions in India
Uma Rani and Ratna Sen

3. Industrial relations and inclusive development in South Africa: A dream deferred?
Susan Hayter and Nicolas Pons-Vignon

4. Industrial relations and inclusive growth in Brazil
Janine Berg and Eduardo Schneider

5. Voice, institutions and inclusive development in China
Chang-Hee Lee

6. Industrial relations in Turkey: Still waiting for a strong and modern system
Aziz Çelik

Index