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This edition examines globalisation and comparative theories, including notions of convergence and of varieties of capitalism. Chapters on employment relations in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea are updated, and new chapters on China, India and Denmark are included. Experts examine the context of employment relations in each country: economic, historical, legal, social and political. They outline the roles of the major players: employers, unions and governments. They outline the processes of employment relations: local and centralised collective bargaining, arbitration and mediation, joint consultation and employee participation. Topical issues are discussed: non-unionised workplaces, novel forms of human resource management, labour law reform, employee involvement, multinational enterprises, networked organisations, differences between Asian and western companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, migrant workers, technological change, labour market flexibility and pay determination.
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ForewordFiguresTablesPreface1 International and comparative employment relations: An introduction 2 Employment relations in Britain 3 Employment relations in the United States of America4 Employment relations in Canada5 Employment relations in Australia6 Employment relations in Italy7 Employment relations in France8 Employment relations in Germany9 Employment relations in Denmark10 Employment relations in Japan11 Employment relations in Korea12 Employment relations in China13 Employment relations in India ContributorsGlossary of Abbreviations and Terms EndnotesReferencesIndex

About the Author

Greg J. Bamber is Professor, Department of Management, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Russell D. Lansbury and Nick Wailes are Professors in Work and Organisational Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney. The authors are experienced researchers, educators and advisers to international agencies, governments, companies and unions.


This book analyzes employment relations from an international perspective...Each chapter provides a historical overview of the labor relations environment, followed by a discussion of the main developments and current issues. The subject matter is important to a broad group of scholars. Overall, a useful introduction to national systems. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through to researchers/faculty"Choice" --Peter Auer

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