- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Comparative Employment Systems
- Institutions and Employment Relations
- Convergence and Divergence in Employment Relations
- Getting Down to Business: Varieties of Capitalism and Employment Relations
- Business Systems Theory and Employment Relations
- Developments and Extensions of ‘Régulation Theory’ and Employment Relations
- Capitalist Diversity, Work and Employment Relations
- Ownership Rights and Employment Relations
- Varieties of Institutional Theory in Comparative Employment Relations
- Institutions and the Industrial Relations Tradition
- Conflict, Order, and Change
- Employment Relations in Liberal Market Economies
- Social Democratic Capitalism
- Employment Regimes, Wage Setting, and Monetary Union in Continental Europe
- Continuity and Change in Asian Employment Systems: A Comparison of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan
- Economies Undergoing Long Transition: Employment Relations in Central and Eastern Europe
- Employment Relations in Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa
- The Left Turn in Latin America: Consequences for Employment Relations
- Developing Societies—Asia
- Employment Relations in the BRICS Countries
- Globalization and Labour Market Governance
- Work, Bodies, Care: Gender and Employment in a Global World
- Where are the Voices? New Directions in Voice and Engagement across the Globe
- Insecure Employment: Diversity and Change
- The Migration–Development Nexus, Women Workers, and Transnational Employment Relations
- The Neo-Liberal Turn and the Implications for Labour
- The State and Employment Relations
- Unions: Practices and Prospects
- Institutions, Management Strategies, and HRM
- New Actors in Employment Relations
- The Future of Employment Relations in Advanced Capitalism: Inexorable Decline?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Transformations in collective bargaining systems, the decline of trade unionism, and global economic instability have challenged theories of employment relations predicated upon institutionalized interactions involving states and representatives of employers and employees. This chapter provides an overview of classical debates in industrial relations, emphasizing the early centrality of order and stability in competing pluralist paradigms. It then analyses the emergence of radical approaches explaining changes in employment relations as a result of social and labour conflicts and critical ruptures in Fordist production regimes. It finally discusses theories of change that, since the early 1980s, have emphasized, in opposition to epoch-defining categories like ‘post-Fordism’, recurring patterns or long waves within capitalism. The chapter’s conclusion questions the potentials and limitations of long wave theories in light of recent sociological debates on precarious employment and shifting labour politics and identities.
Franco Barchiesi, Associate Professor of African-American and African Studies, Ohio State University.
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