Comparative Employee Relations: An Introduction

TitleComparative Employee Relations: An Introduction
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsEaton, J.
PublisherPolity Press
CityCambridge, UK
Keywordsemployment relations, globalization, human resource management, industrial relations

Provides a concise introduction to employment and industrial relations. Unlike many other textbooks, this adopts a comparative approach, examining the changing nature of employment practices in relation to the processes of globalization, and engaging critically with the literature on Human Resource Management. By taking account of the international dimension of employment relations, this book is at the forefront of new developments in the field.

The thematic approach of Comparative Employment Relations makes it distinctive from the country-by-country studies of this topic. Jack Eaton synthesizes recent work in the field to establish a basis for further study in the most important areas of industrial relations, including Japanese-style employment practices; comparative collective bargaining; the rules of employment and routes to skill formation; collective labour law; globalization and transnational companies. He concludes by examining the prospects for comparative employment relations. By equipping students with a set of useful concepts and perspectives, this book will give them the confidence to explore the now extensive international literature on employment management, and to utilize the methods of comparative analysis in their own work. Essential reading for second- and third-year undergraduates studying business, management, economics and the sociology of work and industry. (publisher's statement)