The Workers of Nations: Industrial Relations in a Global Economy

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The new international economy is today the single most important factor shaping relations between employers, unions, and governments in the world's advanced industrial societies. While companies compete in global markets with firms around the world, workers remain fixed in each country and are influenced by local customs and institutions. mores. This book explores how globalization affects the contemporary workplace and how workplace policies can make nations more internationally competitive. Unlike other country-by-country treatments of the subject, this analysis compares and contrasts the experiences of different nations around important developments, such as the labor market consequences of regional trading pacts, the international diffusion of new forms of work organization, and the strategies that nations are pursuing to keep their work systems competitive. The contributors come from a variety of disciplines but all bear expertise in international industrial relations.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Jacoby provides a comprehensive introduction to his collection and develops a useful conceptual framework within which many of the contributed chapters are located."—Work and Occupations

"What the global economy has in store for workers is among the most important questions facing society. The material in this volume offers the best guide to understanding how the movement of capital and the transfer of practices across countries will affect employment and workers."—Peter Cappelli, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

"Issues of labor and work loom large both in politics and economics given the increasingly interconnected world economy. This collection of research studies addresses fundamental issues of labor relations, mobility, compensation structure, union density, and the effects on economic development and competitiveness. It does so with clear exposition and interesting data, which makes it an important addition to the literature on work and workers."—Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Competitive Advantage Through People

"This is a valuable compendium of recent work on the industrial relations correlates and consequences of economic change, especially of the globalization of economic activity. There is a need for this book because U.S. students and managers have been woefully out of touch with global developments and with the implications of those global developments for national and local institutions."—Robert J. Thomas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management

"How the globalization of trade affects workers and their abilities to share the benefits of growth is a crucial question. This set of papers helps define and examine the central questions involved in this issue. The Workers of Nations is essential reading for policy makers, union activists, and anyone who wants to gain a broder perspective on the forces that are reshaping the world of work."—Monthly Labor Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195089042
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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University of California, Los Angeles
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Table of Contents

1. Social Dimensions of Global Economic Integration, Sanford M. Jacoby
I. Industrial Relations Consequences
2. Labor Cost Incentives for Capital Mobility in the European Community, Christopher L. Erickson and Sarosh C. Kuruvilla
3. Employee Benefits in Europe and the United States, Daniel J.B. Mitchell
4. The End of Corporatism? Wage Setting in the Nordic and Germanic Countries, Peter Lange, Michael Wallerstein, and Miriam Golden
5. Strikes Around the World: A Game Theoretic Approach, George Tsebelis and Peter Lange
6. The Impact of Foreign Investment on U.S. Industrial Relations: The Case of California's Japanese-Owned Plants, Ruth Milkman
II. Policy Issues
7. Boundaries, Compartments, and Markets: Paradoxes of Industrial Relations in Growth Pole Regions of France, Italy, and the United States, Michael Storper
8. Some Thoughts and Evidence on Industrial Policy: Industrialization in South Korea and Mexico, Kenneth L. Sokoloff
9. Labor and the Politics of Exchange Rates: The Case of the European Monetary System, Jeffry A. Frieden

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