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date: 28 March 2020

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Guglielmo Meardi looks at the relationship between the state and employment relations. In contrast to predictions of globalization theories, it is clear that the state remains central in moulding the nature of work and employment relations in particular national contexts. At the same time, the political nature of employment relations makes the latter an important source of transformation at state level. Hence, for example, trade union decline and shifts in the nature of collective bargaining paved the way for governmental reforms towards further labour market deregulation.

Keywords: globalization, the state, union decline, labour regulation

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