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The Changing Faces of Employment Relations

Global, comparative and theoretical perspectives

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 672
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Management, Work and Organisations

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02 January 2015

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The old certainties and structures of employment relations no longer exist. Compared with the 'golden age' of labour in the mid-twentieth century, work and employment are more precarious, employers are increasingly hostile...

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The old certainties and structures of employment relations no longer exist. Compared with the 'golden age' of labour in the mid-twentieth century, work and employment are more precarious, employers are increasingly hostile to trade union negotiations, and the share of wages in national income is falling. Large-scale employers, in turn, are using sophisticated people-management techniques to motivate workers with person-centred, performance-driven and reward-based processes. Drawing on a range of international data, this comparative text demonstrates that whilst employment relations phenomena are nationally embedded, international market forces are compelling employers to compete in product markets by reducing labour costs, terms and conditions of employment, and job security for their workforces. In an age of transnational globalisation and free-market national economic policies, this textbook provides penetrating cross-national, cross-disciplinary and theoretical analyses of the changing structures of employment relations around the world.Key benefits:• Provides critical analyses of changing patterns of employment relations in the early twenty-first century, drawing upon global, comparative and theoretical perspectives.• Examines the changing faces of the subject in terms of academic disciplines, methodological underpinnings, and institutional, cultural and historic settings.• Integrates industrial relations literature with recent studies of the HRM paradigm.

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Part of the Management, Work and Organisations series

Integrates industrial relations literature with recent studies of the HRM paradigm

Examines the changing faces of employment relations in terms of academic disciplines, methodological underpinnings, and institutional and cultural settings

Provides a historical background to help explain contemporary global trends

Focuses on emerging economies as well as advanced industrial economies

Full of international comparisons and examples

Includes the latest international research and data

Provides penetrating crossnational, crossdisciplinary, and theoretical analyses of the changing structures of employment relations in a globalised world

Considers the changes in labour relations from the mid twentieth century and the techniques largescale employers are now using to engage workers with processes that are personcentred, performancedriven and rewardbased

Preface
1. Unravelling the Employment Relationship
PART I: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS AS A FIELD OF STUDY
2. The Origins and Development of Employment Relations
3. The Changing Contexts of Employment Relations
4. Theories, Ideas and Research in Employment Relations
PART II: THE PLAYERS IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
5. Employers, Managers and the Management Function
6. Workers, Employee Voice and Trade Unions
7. The Nation State and International Agencies
PART III: PROCESSES AND OUTCOMES IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
8. Legal Regulation
9. Employer Regulation
10. Worker Resistance and Union Regulation
11. Collective Bargaining, Worker Participation and Third-Party Intervention
PART IV: CONCLUSIONS
12. Employment Relations in a Global Age
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David Farnham is Professor Emeritus at the University of Portsmouth Business School, UK and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich Business School, UK.

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David Farnham is Professor Emeritus at the University of Portsmouth Business School, UK and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich Business School, UK.

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