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International and Comparative Employment Relations

International and Comparative Employment Relations
Global Crises and Institutional Responses

Seventh Edition
Edited by:
  • Greg J. Bamber - Professor, International Consortium for Research in Employment & Work, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia
  • Fang Lee Cooke - Professor of Human Resource Management and Asia Studies, Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University, Australia
  • Virginia Doellgast - Cornell University, USA
  • Chris F Wright - Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Sydney Employment Relations Research Group, University of Sydney, Australia
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May 2021 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Established as the standard reference for a worldwide readership of students, scholars and practitioners in international agencies, governments, companies and unions, this text offers a systematic overview of international employment relations. 

Chapters cover the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, China, India and South Africa.

Experts examine the context of employment relations in each country: economic, historical, legal, social and political. They consider the roles of the major players and outline the various processes of employment relations, including collective bargaining and arbitration, consultation and employee involvement.

The seventh edition has been thoroughly updated with new examples and discussion questions to engage students and encourage critical thinking. A revamped set of online resources includes PowerPoint slides for lecturers to use in their teaching, as well as useful web links to enhance learning. 

Foreword Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

Chris F. Wright, Greg J. Bamber, Virginia Doellgast & Fang Lee Cooke
Chapter 1 Introduction: Internationally Comparative Approaches to Studying Employment Relations
Stewart Johnstone & Tony Dobbins
Chapter 2 Employment Relations in the United Kingdom
Harry C. Katz & Alexander J.S. Colvin
Chapter 3 Employment Relations in the United States
Scott Walsworth, Sean O’Brady & Daphne G. Taras
Chapter 4 Employment Relations in Canada
Chris F. Wright & Sarah Kaine
Chapter 5 Employment Relations in Australia
Lisa Dorigatti & Roberto Pedersini
Chapter 6 Employment Relations in Italy
Élodie Béthoux & Patrice Laroche
Chapter 7 Employment Relations in France
Berndt K. Keller & Anja Kirsch
Chapter 8 Employment Relations in Germany
Søren Kaj Andersen, Nana Wesley Hansen, Jørgen Steen Madsen & Jesper Due
Chapter 9 Employment Relations in Denmark
Katsuyuki Kubo & Kazuya Ogura
Chapter 10 Employment Relations in Japan
Byoung-Hoon Lee
Chapter 11 Employment Relations in South Korea
Fang Lee Cooke
Chapter 12 Employment Relations in China
Ernesto Noronha & Premilla D’Cruz
Chapter 13 Employment Relations in India
Johann Maree, Gilton Klerck & Asanda-Jonas Benya
Chapter 14 Employment Relations in South Africa
Virginia Doellgast, Chris F. Wright, Fang Lee Cooke & Greg J. Bamber
Chapter 15 Conclusions: Globalisation, Crises and Institutional Responses


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Lecturer resources

  • PowerPoint Slides

Student resources

  • Weblinks

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 … 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

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.

The late William Brown
University of Cambridge, UK

This pioneering book sets the standard for the field. It offers a theoretically informed analysis, which links key trends in employment relations across …countries to global phenomena. It is essential reading for those interested in comparative industrial relations as well as political economy.

Jimmy Donaghey
University of South Australia/University of Warwick, UK

The most comprehensive and authoritative comparative analysis of employment relations … especially welcomed because … this stellar group of authors and editors provide new insights on the adaptability of labor market institutions across the globe.

Thomas Kochan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; former president, ILERA

By far the best and most widely used comparative industrial relations book.

Sarosh Kuruvilla
Cornell University, USA

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 globalisation, which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Guy Ryder
Director-General, ILO

[The book] is state of the art. It is broad in its scope, and sophisticated in its consideration of national context and history. It gives a sense of where countries are headed, but also is replete with micro-level detail drawn from credible primary sources.

Anthony Gould
Université Laval, Canada; editor, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations

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