A Short Essay on International and Comparative
Published online: 19 June 2017
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017
The sixth edition of International and Comparative Employment Relations, published in 2015,
includes 14 chapters. The book presents a fully revised and updated edition of this very
influential publication. It presents 12 country case studies: United Kingdom, United States,
Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Japan, South Korea, China and India.
The sixth edition of International and Comparative Employment Relations is a useful text
for students studying employment relations as well as researchers of employment relations.
The book contributes to the research and teaching in the field of international employment
relations in two important ways. First, the country case-studies offer a clear understanding of
the complexities of the issues facing employment relations practice in a range of countries.
Second, it provides country comparisons the similarities and differences between and across
employment relations systems, together with recent changes to these systems.
The country chapters were well written by experts who examined the context of employ-
ment relations in each country. The chapters follow a consistent structure that helps readers to
familiarize themselves with a common format and logic. This is especially helpful for students
studying comparative employment relations between countries. This format includes an
overview of the national labor market followed by reviews of the parties, explanation of
how the system works, and identification of current and future issues. The key aspects covered
include economic, historical, legal, social and political issues to give readers a basic under-
standing of each country context. The authors then discuss the roles of the major players that
have influenced the employment relations system - employers, unions and governments -
before and outlining the processes of employment relations, including the role of collective
bargaining and arbitration, consultation and employee involvement. A list of further reading
are provided at the end of each chapter together with useful websites.
The format for the book uses the Varieties of Capital (VoC) approach identified by Hall and
Soskice (2001). This approach provides basic understanding of comparative employment
relations through two ‘ideal systems’: a Liberal market economies (LMEs) and a Coordinated
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* Ngan Collins
School of Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia