The 2008 financial crisis marked the beginning of a prolonged and ongoing period of extreme economic turbulence that has created multiple challenges for both governments and national systems of labour administration. Difficult economic conditions are encouraging a reevaluation of established policies and institutions in the areas of labour, employment, social protection and industrial relations. This book analyses recent reforms in labour administration and national labour policies, charting their development and discussing the challenges and opportunities faced by governments, ministries of labour, labour inspectors, employer organisations and trade unions.
The contributors draw upon new and original research to explore issues including labour law, public employment services, labour inspection and industrial relations. They evaluate the effectiveness of implementation, addressing questions relating to the structure and management of labour ministries, regulatory bodies and the resources that they have at their disposal. Future prospects for labour administration are also considered.
This book will prove a thought-provoking read for academics, researchers and students of economics - particularly labour economics, social policy and public administration. Policy-makers and practitioners involved with labour administration at any level will also find this book to be an invaluable reference tool.
Edited by Jason Heyes, Professor of Employment Relations, University of Sheffield Management School, UK and Ludek Rychly, Senior Specialist, International Labour Office, Geneva, Switzerland
Contents: Foreword Moussa Oumarou 1. Introduction: The Origins and Development of Labour Administration Jason Heyes and Ludek Rychly 2. The Changing Fortunes of Labour Administration Ludek Rychly 3. Labour Policy and Administration in a Time of Crisis Jason Heyes 4. Labour Regulation and the Economic Crisis in Europe: Challenges, Responses and Prospects Nicola Countouris and Mark Freedland 5. The Role of Government in Industrial Relations Richard Hyman 6. Active Labour Market Policies and Programmes in Japan and the USA: Will East Meet West? Christopher T. King 7. Delivering Public Employment Services: Which Model Works Best? Donna Koeltz 8. Governing Public Employment Services: New Public Management, Social Partnership and Privatization J. Timo Weishaupt 9. Labour Inspection Systems: Strengthening Enforcement in Times of Crisis Maria Luz Vega 10. Conclusion Jason Heyes and Ludek Rychly References Index