Comparative labour law and industrial relations in industrialized market economies, 9th ed.

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Publication Date 2007
ISBN 978-90-411-2612-2 (Hbk); 978-90-411-2611-5 (Pbk)
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Comparativism is no longer a purely academic exercise but has increasingly become an urgent necessity for industrial relations and legal practitioners due to the growth of multinational enterprises and the impact of international and regional organizations aspiring to harmonize rules. The growing need for comprehensive, up-to-date and readily available information on labour law and industrial relations in different countries led to the publication of the International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial Relations, in which more than 70 international and national monographs have thus far been published.

This book goes a step further than the Encyclopaedia in as much as most of the chapters provide comparative and integrated thematic treatment. The aim is to describe the salient characteristics and trends in labour law and industrial relations in the contemporary world. This book is obviously not exhaustive, with respect to the coverage of countries and topics. The authors limit themselves mainly to the industrialized market economies. The book is divided in three main parts: an introduction relating to methodology and documentation, including the use of Internet. The second part concerns international actors, like the International Employer’s Organisations and the International Trade Union Movement, as well as Human Resources Management.

The third concerns the sources of regulation, concentrating on International and European Labour Law, as well as on Codes of Conduct for Multinational Enterprises and describes also the rules in case of conflict of laws. The last part deals with international developments and comparative studies in not less than 15 chapters. The ninth edition, will like the previous editions,serve as a textbook and reference work to facilitate the task of teachers and students of comparative labour law and industrial relations. It will also provide labour lawyers with the necessary insights to cope with a world which is increasingly international.

Part I. Methodology
1. Comparativism in Labour Law and Industrial Relations - R. Blanpain
2. Comparative Labour Law: Sources and Documentation - M. Colucci

Part II. Actors
3. International Employers’ Organizations - G. Rynhart
4. The International Trade Union Movement - J.P. Windmuller, S. Pursey and J. Baker
5. Human Resource Management in Context - R.S. Schuler and S.E. Jackson (USA)

Part III. Sources of Regulation
6. International Labour Law - L. Swepston
7. The European Union and Employment Law - R. Blanpain
8. Multinational Enterprises and Codes of Conduct - R. Blanpain
9. Conflicts of Laws in Employment Contracts and Industrial Relations - M. Franzen

Part IV. International Developments and Comparative Studies
10. Protection of Migrant Workers in an Era of Globalisation: the Role of International Instruments - P. Wickramasekara
11. Freedom of Association - B. Creighton
12. Subordinate Employees or Self-Employed Workers? - C. Engels
13. Working Conditions and Globalization - J.M. Servais
14. Equality and the Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment - R. Ben-Israel and P. Foubert
15. Employment Privacy - F. Hendrickx
16. Security of Employment and Employability - Jacques Rojot
17. National Trade Union Movements - G.P. Cella and T. Treu
18. Forms of Employee Representational Participation - M. Biagi and M. Tiraboschi
19. Transnational Information and Consultation: The European Works Council Directive - C. Engels
20. Collective Bargaining: An International Analysis - G.J. Bamber and P. Sheldon
21. The Law of Strikes and Lockouts - A.T.J.M. Jacobs
22. Settlement of Disputes over Rights - A. Gladstone
23. Settlement of Disputes over Interests - A. Goldman

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