A broad-ranging introduction to the changing nature and context of industrial relations in contemporary Europe is offered in this textbook.
Through a coordinated analysis of industrial relations in specific European nations, the book gives a representative, up-to-date and dynamic understanding of the subject. Across the individual national case studies, a range of common elements is examined. These include: the differing roles of governments, business and labour as actors in the industrial relations system, and their mutual relationships; the dynamics of collective bargaining, conflict, consultation and worker participation; and the overall performance of industrial relations in economic, social and political terms.
These issues are addressed within the wider context of changes affecting industrial relations in Europe in the 1990s: European unification; the globalization of production and markets, the information revolution; the destabilization of labour markets; the fragmentation of societies in the post-industrial era; and the crisis of welfare states.
Traditions and Transitions in Industrial Relations - Jelle Visser A European View From Pluralism to... Where? Industrial Relations in Great Britain - Jelle Visser and Joris Van Ruysseveldt Contestation and State Intervention Forever? Industrial Relations in France - Joris Van Ruysseveldt and Jelle Visser Robust Corporatism, Still? Industrial Relations in Germany - Jelle Visser and Joris Van Ruysseveldt Corporatism beyond Repair? Industrial Relations in Sweden - Jelle Visser Weak Corporatisms Going Different Ways? Industrial Relations in the Netherlands and Belgium - Joris Van Ruysseveldt and Jelle Visser A Truly Mixed Case - Jelle Visser Industrial Relations in Italy Aspiring Corporatism? Industrial Relations in Spain - Marc van der Meer The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Some Central and Eastern European Countries - Hans Slomp, Jacques van Hoof and Hans Moerel Revised Diversity - Colin Crouch From the Neo-Liberal Decade to beyond Maastricht