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The complexity of employment arrangements in various countries tends to make it difficult to understand them. Nevertheless, it is important to ‘take stock’ periodically, particularly from an internationally comparative perspective. This remarkable book is a giant step in that direction. It is especially valuable in the context of increasing globalisation.
They shed valuable light on trends in such specific areas of employment relations as the following:
As a general framework, an introductory chapter offers a highly insightful summary of the underpinnings of current analysis of globalization, including discussion of the varieties of capitalism thesis, the divergence/convergence debate (with its models of bipolarization, clustering, and hybridization), and elements of historical and political-economic path dependency in various cultures. The information gathered here provides a powerful new understanding of the increasing ‘disconnect’ between the prevailing institutional framework for employment relations and the sweeping changes that are taking place in the world of work.
With this book’s analysis, practitioners and policymakers will be able to overcome their dated assumptions and more effectively accommodate each others’ interests in the face of the complex mix of continuity and change that they are confronting. The team of authors are authoritative experts in these countries. They are active in policy or legal analysis, business and/or scholarship.