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Research Handbook of Comparative Employment Relations

Edited by Michael Barry, Professor and Head, Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources and Adrian Wilkinson, Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith University, Australia
The Research Handbook of Comparative Employment Relations is an essential resource for those seeking to understand contemporary developments in the world of work, and the way in which employment relations systems are evolving around the world.
Extent: 480 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84720 889 7
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Publication Date: 2013
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Labour Policy
The Research Handbook of Comparative Employment Relations is an essential resource for those seeking to understand contemporary developments in the world of work, and the way in which employment relations systems are evolving around the world.

Special consideration is given to the impact of globalisation and the role of multinational corporations, including their consequences for the fate of workers’ rights under existing national systems of employment relations (ER) regulation. This Handbook is unique in taking an explicitly comparative approach by discussing ER developments through a series of paired country comparisons. These chapters include a wide selection of countries from all regions, looking beyond those that are frequently discussed. The expert contributors also examine comparative issues from a range of perspectives, including industrial and employment relations, political economy, comparative politics, and cross-cultural studies. These impressive features make this important reference tool the most comprehensive of its kind.

Academics and students in final-year undergraduate and postgraduate courses interested in employment relations will find this compendium enriching and insightful.
This research hand-book is a highly readable and thought-provoking account of comparative employment relations in current published texts. The breadth and depth of this book are remarkable and it will serve as a very valuable introductory text to students and researchers inter-ested in comparative employment relations and global governance of employment relations.
– Wei Huang, Work, Employment and Society

‘Besides a well-written introduction by the two editors, the book presents seventeen other chapters, some by well-known writers on the subject or related social sciences. . . This is a substantial resource book for scholars and students of comparative ER, especially for those who look towards the evolution of ER in the new economic world that is in formation, and in a comparative perspective. . . the book contains intellectually stimulating analyses of employee relations realities across the globe. . . Scholars belonging to different disciplinary perspectives, from which ER has been studied in the past, will also find in it a good reference material of comparative analyses. . . The publishers too deserve accolades for their professionalism and first rate copy-editing and production.’
– Debi S. Saini, Vision – the Journal of Business Perspectives

‘The book is a comprehensive volume of studies on employment relations in a wide variety of settings. . .an enriching compendium.’
– Silvia Florea, Management of Sustainable Development
Contributors: M. Atzeni, L. Baccaro, M. Barry, D.G. Collings, F.L. Cooke, S. Cooney, T. Dundon, F. Durán-Palma, I. Forstenlechner, P. Gahan, P. Ghigliani, P. Gunnigle, H. Houwing, R.W. Hurd, T. Jackson, E. Jung, B.E. Kaufman, J. Kelly, M. Keune, J. Lavelle, K. Mellahi, R. Mitchell, P. Pochet, T. Royle, S. Slinn, K. Vandaele, N. Wailes, A. Wilkinson, G. Wood, S. Zagelmeyer

1. Re-examining Comparative Employment Relations
Michael Barry and Adrian Wilkinson

2. Comparative Employment Relations: Institutional and Neo-institutional Theories
Bruce E. Kaufman

3. The Political Economy of Comparative Employment Relations
John Kelly

4. Legal Origins, Labour Law and the Regulation of Employment Relations
Sean Cooney, Peter Gahan and Richard Mitchell

5. Cross-cultural Studies
Terence Jackson

6. Employment Relations in Chile and Argentina
Maurizio Atzeni, Fernando Durán-Palma and Pablo Ghigliani

7. Employment Relations in Canada and the US
Sara Slinn and Richard W. Hurd

8. Employment Relations in China and India
Fang Lee Cooke

9. Employment Relations in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
Tony Dundon and David G. Collings

10. Employment Relations in Japan and Korea
EeHwan Jung

11. Employment Relations in Belgium and the Netherlands
Hester Houwing, Maarten Keune, Philippe Pochet and Kurt Vandaele

12. Employment Relations in Australia and New Zealand
Nick Wailes

13. Employment Relations in South Africa and Mozambique
Geoffrey Wood

14. Employment Relations in France and Germany
Stefan Zagelmeyer

15. Employment Relations in Oil-rich Gulf Countries
Kamel Mellahi and Ingo Forstenlechner

16. Corporatism Meets Neoliberalism: The Irish and Italian Cases in Comparative Perspective
Lucio Baccaro

17. The Role of MNEs
David G. Collings, Jonathan Lavelle and Patrick Gunnigle

18. Regulating Global Capital through Public and Private Codes: An Analysis of International Labour Standards and Corporate Voluntary Initiatives
Tony Royle