ER Guest editorial 40,4 Currently, the second post-war generation of industrial relations (IR) researchers and activists is retiring in a context of fundamental transformations. IR in a globalised networked service economy will be very different from the industrial Fordist past. This implies huge challenges for IR actors and scholars. We therefore consider this as a convenient moment to reflect on the trajectories of IR in Europe since the articulation of modern IR systems in a perspective of future challenges. A critical reconstruction of the evolution of IR and the corresponding research traditions can open our eyes for the current interplay of continuities and changes, to see what is really new and what are just new forms of old conflicts in the context of capitalist development. The purpose of this special issue is not a historical reconstruction but a critical reflection on the variety of IR trajectories to face current challenges in a long-term view. The re-commodification of labour force and the new dynamics of capitalist colonisation (“Landnahme” in Rosa Luxemburgs’ classical term) require a renewal of social and labour rights struggles in defence of our societies. In clear difference to functionalist interpretations of post-war welfare and employment regimes as
Employee Relations: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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