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The complexity of employment arrangements in various countries tends to make
it difficult to understand them. Nevertheless, it is important to ‘take stock’
periodically, particularly from an internationally comparative perspective.
This remarkable book is a giant step in that direction. It is especially
valuable in the context of increasing globalisation.
For each of nine key jurisdictions – the European Union, Germany, Sweden,
United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and
Japan – experts present detailed information and analysis on key issues,
shedding valuable light on trends in such specific areas of employment
relations as the following:
• atypical work and flexible work arrangements;
• dispute settlement procedures such as negotiation, conciliation, mediation,
arbitration and other forms of governmental or judicial intervention;
• job security, anti-discrimination and gender equality;
• recognition of unions and employers’ associations and forms of employee
• how collective bargaining is regulated, whom the collective agreements cover
and what they contain;
• parental leave and childcare policy;
• the capacity of individual agreements to override or not override collective
• minimum wage levels;
• overtime and shift work; and
• paid leave entitlements.
As a general framework, Part 1 offers an insightful summary of the
underpinnings of current analysis of globalization, including discussion of
the varieties of capitalism thesis, the divergence/convergence debate (with
its models of bipolarization, clustering and hybridization), and elements of
historical and political-economic path dependency in various cultures.
The information gathered here furthers understanding of the increasing
‘disconnect’ between the prevailing institutional framework for employment
relations and the sweeping changes that are taking place in the world of work.
With this book’s analysis, practitioners and policymakers will be able to
overcome their dated assumptions and more effectively accommodate each others’
interests in the face of the complex mix of continuity and change that they
The team of authors are experts in these countries. They are active in policy
or legal analysis, business and/or scholarship.