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Labour Administration in Uncertain Times
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Labour Administration in Uncertain Times

Policy, Practice and Institutions

9781782549420 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jason Heyes, Professor of Employment Relations, Sheffield University Management School and Ludek Rychly, Visiting Professor of Employment Relations, Sheffield University Management School, UK and Former Senior Specialist, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland
Publication Date: 2013 ISBN: 978 1 78254 942 0 Extent: 320 pp
The 2008 financial crisis marked the beginning of a prolonged and ongoing period of extreme economic turbulence that has created multiple challenges for both governments and national systems of labour administration. Difficult economic conditions are encouraging a reevaluation of established policies and institutions in the areas of labour, employment, social protection and industrial relations. This book analyses recent reforms in labour administration and national labour policies, charting their development and discussing the challenges and opportunities faced by governments, ministries of labour, labour inspectors, employer organisations and trade unions.

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The 2008 financial crisis marked the beginning of a prolonged and ongoing period of extreme economic turbulence that has created multiple challenges for both governments and national systems of labour administration. Difficult economic conditions are encouraging a reevaluation of established policies and institutions in the areas of labour, employment, social protection and industrial relations. This book analyses recent reforms in labour administration and national labour policies, charting their development and discussing the challenges and opportunities faced by governments, ministries of labour, labour inspectors, employer organisations and trade unions.

The contributors draw upon new and original research to explore issues including labour law, public employment services, labour inspection and industrial relations. They evaluate the effectiveness of implementation, addressing questions relating to the structure and management of labour ministries, regulatory bodies and the resources that they have at their disposal. Future prospects for labour administration are also considered.

This book will prove a thought-provoking read for academics, researchers and students of economics – particularly labour economics, social policy and public administration. Policy-makers and practitioners involved with labour administration at any level will also find this book to be an invaluable reference tool.
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Contributors: N. Countouris, M. Freedland, J. Heyes, R. Hyman, C.T. King, D. Koeltz, M. Luz Vega, L. Rychly, J.T. Weishaupt
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Contents:

Foreword
Moussa Oumarou

1. Introduction: The Origins and Development of Labour Administration
Jason Heyes and Ludek Rychly

2. The Changing Fortunes of Labour Administration
Ludek Rychly

3. Labour Policy and Administration in a Time of Crisis
Jason Heyes

4. Labour Regulation and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Challenges, Responses and Prospects
Nicola Countouris and Mark Freedland

5. The Role of Government in Industrial Relations
Richard Hyman

6. Active Labour Market Policies and Programmes in Japan and the USA: Will East Meet West?
Christopher T. King

7. Delivering Public Employment Services: Which Model Works Best?
Donna Koeltz

8. Governing Public Employment Services: New Public Management, Social Partnership and Privatization
J. Timo Weishaupt

9. Labour Inspection Systems: Strengthening Enforcement in Times of Crisis
Maria Luz Vega

10. Conclusion
Jason Heyes and Ludek Rychly

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