by: Roger Blanpain, W Bromwich, O Rymkevich, Silvia Spattini
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Not all labour law and industrial relations scholars agree on the
efficacy of the comparative approach – that the analysis of measures adopted
in other countries can play a constructive role in national and local
policy-making. However, the case deserves to be heard, and no better such
presentation has appeared than this remarkable book, the carefully considered
work of over 40 well-known authorities in the field from a wide variety of
countries including Australia, France, India, Israel, Peru, Poland, and South
Africa. The volume contains papers delivered at a conference sponsored by the
Marco Biagi Foundation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in March
The essays shed light on how various jurisdictions are dealing with such
unsettled (and unsettling) issues of employment in a globalized world as the
competing paradigms in international business theory;
major business site selection;
atypical employment contracts;
risks for employment posed by operations on the financial markets;
the fear of social dumping;
legitimization of employee representatives’ cooperation at transnational level;
the ‘rights’ rhetoric of the neoliberal agenda;
workplace-level evidence of outsourcing consequences;
social security protection and the informal economy; and
In addition, national experts present reports on specific developments in
Spain, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong,
Canada, Chile, and Venezuela.
In its detailed investigation of labour and employment issues far beyond the
confines of the nation-state, this book stands alone. The range and depth of
the studies relating to the protection of workers’ rights, and the great
variety of countries represented in geographical, linguistic, and political
terms, make this book of far-reaching value to labour law and industrial
relations specialists worldwide.
Notes on Contributors. Editorial.
Part I: Comparative Approaches to Labour
Law and Industrial Relations. 1. How Can We Study Industrial Relations
Comparatively? R. Hyman. 2. Lessons from the Past? Critique of
‘How Can We Study Industrial Relations Comparatively?’ J. Rojot
. 3. The Case for the Comparative and Interdisciplinary Study of Labour
Relations; L. Aparicio Valdez, J. Bernedo Alvarado. 4.
Industrial Relations in International Business Theory: The Case for
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Research; M.L. Wiśniewski.
Part II: Industrial Relations and Trade
Union Rights. 5. Trade Union Rights in a Free Market Area: The EU
Experience in Laval and Viking; F. Hendrickx. 6. The Delta Site
Selection Process at General Motors Europe: Works Council and Union
Cooperation as a Participatory Model; M. Bartmann, S. Blum-Geenen. 7.
The Impact of Economic and Political Change upon Workplace Trade Union
Representation in the UK; S. McKay, S. Moore. 8. The Limits of
Individual Employment Rights: The Reality of Neoliberalism; A. Pollert, P.
Smith. 9. Workplace-Level Evidence of Outsourcing Consequences in
Unionized Canadian Manufacturing; P. Jalette. Part III: Atypical
Employment. 10. Are Atypical Employment Contracts Exclusively for New
Entrants? The Case of the French Press; C. Aubert. 11. State
Protection for Temporary Agency Workers: Australian Developments; E.
Underhill, M. Rimmer. Part IV: Social Protection and Social Security.
12. Globalization and Social Protection; K.J. Vos. 13.
Changes of Employer, Employment Protection and Labour Market Attachment: An
Analysis of Swedish Data from 1972 to 1998; B. Furåker, T. Berglund.
14. The Reform of Social Protection Systems and Flexicurity in a
European Perspective; S. Spattini. 15. Extension of Labour Law
and Social Security Protection to the Informal Sector: Developing Country
Perspectives, with Specific Reference to Southern Africa; M. Olivier.
16. The Informal Economy, Social Security and Legislative Attempts to
Extend Social Security Protection; E. Fourie.
Part V: Human Resource Management. 17. Worker Participation,
Organizational Climate and Change; M. Pilati, L. Innocenti.
Part VI: Country Reports. 18. The Local Dimension of the European
Employment Strategy: The Clash of Competences in the Spanish Administration;
F.J. Barba Ramos. 19. Flexicurity in Hungary; E. Berde. 20.
The Fifth Anniversary of the New Lithuanian Labour Code: Time for Change?
T. Davulis. 21. Increasing the Flexibility of Employment Regulation
in Estonia; M. Muda. 22. The State, Society and the Individual
in Labour Relations in Russia; E. Khokhlov, O. Rymkevich. 23.
Higher Education and Academic Recruitment in Russia; A.V. Zavgorodniy.
24. Adverse Employment Conditions in Israel; I. Harpaz, Y. Gattegno.
25. The Employability Approach to the Protection of Workers’ Rights in
Singapore; Chew Soon-Beng, R. Chew. 26. Job Security Issues in a
Laissez-faire Economy: The Case of Hong Kong; R. Glofcheski. 27.
Do Cooperatives Protect Workers’ Rights? Lessons from Canada; J.
Haiven, L. Haiven. 28. Protecting the Health of Staff in Restaurant
Smoking Areas in Chile; P. Arellano Ortiz. 29. Labour in a Time
of Transition: Labour and Political Changes in Venezuela; H. Lucena.