- 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
This chapter reviews changes in employment relations institutions and associated socio-economic outcomes in 25 capitalist countries. It reveals that employment relations are in crisis everywhere. While the form and pattern of institutional changes vary significantly , the trajectory of decline is present in all countries. This is visible in a generalized decline in trade unions’ organizational fortunes, a tendency for collective bargaining to become more differentiated and to accommodate firm-level diversity, and a tendency for peak-level corporatist bargaining to become increasingly concessionary and/or ceremonial A reversal of this decline would require both large-scale changes in the institutional infrastructure of contemporary capitalisms and considerable political will by state actors to rebuild employment relations institutions which capture positive externalities. Given the declining organizational strength of the unions, the crisis of Fordism, and the emergence of alternative accumulation regimes in which employment relations institutions are no longer crucial for the overall stability of the system, this scenario seems improbable.
Sabina Avdagic, Research Fellow, University of Sussex.
Lucio Baccaro, Professor of Sociology, University of Geneva.
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