- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; 6 Revised edition edition (28 September 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473911559
- ISBN-13: 978-1473911550
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 358 g
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International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes Paperback – 28 Sep 2015
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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 globalization which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO).--Guy Ryder
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
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
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
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--or those merely interested in same. Read it ! You will learn a lot about its subject matter and how to write. You may even enjoy the experience of viewing real and important scholarship.--Anthony Gould
This book will be welcomed by students and scholars seeking to understand the implications of the interconnectedness of national economies for national-level employment relations, institutions and actors. Twelve countries are explored in chapters written by national experts who together with contributions from the esteemed editors provide detailed information and conceptual tools.--Linda Dickens "University of Warwick, UK "
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
A classic reference book on international and comparative employment relations, it provides an authoritative, up-to-date and systematic account
it offers labour law scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with a smorgasbord of background knowledge, concepts, and tools to compare and evaluate how work is organised and governed in different parts of the world, which will no doubt create meaningful insights into our own--Mimi Zou"Industrial Law Journal, Vol. 47, No. 4" (12/01/2018)
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
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For $32 I am not impressed - this is nearly the full price of a paper book (although I prefer Kindle versions). I am very disappointed.
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Insofar as the book’s big-picture analysis of trends is concerned, the work is clear-headed and replete with informed and well defended interpretations. Its first and last chapters cut to the heart of some challenging issues about convergence in particular. The authors stay on message about relevant theory whilst simultaneously making sense of data from disparate sources and countries. The reader gets a strong sense of, for example, how Hall and Soskice’s (2001) view of Varieties of Capitalism is looking tired and how somewhat naïve late 20th century notions about emerging similarity emanating from Clark Kerr`s industrialization thesis fall short in reconciling phenomena. Indeed, the emphasis on Varieties of Capitalism theory has been beefed-up in the 6th edition; but not as may be expected. Rather, in their latest work, the authors competently explain the original framework, put it in a historical context and critique it in light of subsequent incoming evidence. I found this kind of willingness to examine the shortcomings of theory to be refreshing. The writers implicitly invite readers to think deeply about their subject matter. They reveal their deft touch as educators by placing us in the position of being theory creators. This aspect of the book (as well as some others which I will get to) makes the work especially suited to teaching. On a related note, throughout the discussion, the authors reveal landmark works like Katz and Darbishire Converging Divergences as having explanatory value for interpreting unfolding phenomena. However, much of such explanation offered in this revised volume – particularly that presented in the conclusion - further develops Katz and Darbishire’s, already nuanced, thesis. Here again the authors are leading us through a process which entails theory being presented, explained and then thoughtfully critiqued - or at least “stress-tested” - in light of evidence. Their facility with communication plants a real seed with the reader; subtly enticing the student to challenge ideas and be confident in revising schemas.
Each of the book’s chapters dealing with individual countries is written to an exemplary standard. Such material is obviously thoroughly researched, up-to-date, and well structured. The country chapters each follow a similar – and well-adapted – format. They mostly give an overview of each nation’s economic and historical circumstance followed by a detailed account of the substance of its approach to employment relations. These chapters are easy to follow and present an unambiguous narrative about where nations have come from and where they appear to be headed. The authors stay on message; striking entirely the right mix (at least in my opinion) between data presentation/observation and interpretation. In this latest edition again there are chapters devoted to the emerging economic heavy-weight countries of India and China. It appears that some of the comparative data appendices which were present in previous editions have been omitted in the latest version in order to include space for greater geographical coverage. Such a refinement seems entirely warranted. Compared with previous editions, this latest one, gives many more web addresses for the interested reader to access salient material, particularly including relevant data. This kind of focus has instructional value for all of us in the writing business.
One of the things I have been impressed with in this series of books is their writing quality. The editors especially are master penmen; possessed of a knack for delivering their message with punch and without verbiage. They deal with complex ideas with aplomb; competently communicating the meaning of data and never getting lost (or allowing the reader to get lost). They remain in control of the narrative and, as noted, even manage to make the material interesting. I said in a review of a previous edition that students from a variety of social science disciplines, particular graduate students, would do well to read the book. I suggested that the earlier volume had as much to offer as an exemplar of how to write as it did about its content. This remains true of the latest work. Put simply, each of the contributors – including especially the editors who bring the game together with their overview – have a rare degree of aptitude for communicating trends about work, employment and the labour market.
I struggle greatly to find anything important to criticize in the 6th edition of International and Comparative Employment Relations. In a sense, I feel defeated in not being able to say something negative but, on the other hand, it is somewhat unsurprising. 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 – or those merely interested in same. Read it! You will learn a lot about its subject matter and how to write. You may even enjoy the experience of viewing real and important scholarship (and, as has always been the case with this series, royalties from the sale of the book will contribute to cancer research - something which I often think only real scholars would countenance).
Anthony M Gould
Departement des relations industrielles
(this review scheduled to appear in Relations industrielles)