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The Workers of Nations : Industrial Relations in a Global Economy - Sanford M. Jacoby

The Workers of Nations

Industrial Relations in a Global Economy

By: Sanford M. Jacoby (Editor)

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Published: 1st September 1994
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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.

"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 "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 "The Jacoby collection is very rich in issues covered, depth of empirical analysis, and presentation of valuable frameworks for undderstanding....The materials presented are readily accessible and understandable. The publication should have broad usage both by experts and by lay management and labor practitioners."--Environment and Planning "This volume is an interesting contribution to an increasingly important area of analysis. The chapters contain much that will be of value to students of globalization and its impact on industrial relations."--Industrial and Labor Relations Review "This publication addresses issues of interest not only to the compensation professional, but to human resource and line managers throughout the organization."--Compensation and Benefits Management "[This] volume presents what we call the 'state of the art' and has to be highly recommended to all scholars of international industrial relations--and to others as well."--British Journal of Industrial Relations "...Jacoby deserves praise...A wide-ranging, rich, and stimulating volume"--American Political Science Review "this volume does offer a good starting point for research in the area."--The Journal of Economic History "Not only has Jacoby provided a comprehensive introduction, a kind of review essay that argues persuasively in its own right, he has grouped the material into two sections, each with its own introduction"--Canadian Journal of Sociology "Jacoby and colleaugues are to be commended for a first-rate book in a new area of research, a book that deserves to be widely read (and used for teaching) by those interested in the place of labor in the new global economy."--Economic and Industrial Democracy "This ia a timely and valuable book for scholars and practitioners interested in coming to grips with the complicated industrial relations policy issues raised by global economic integration."--Journal of Labor Research "Nearly every chapter in the book challenges those interested in industrial relations to think and act in new ways."--Academy of Management Review "...these essays offer an excellent, but at times grim, introduction to globalism's impact of labor. Editor Sanford Jacoby's thoughtful exploration of the social dimensions of globalism is one of the highlights of the volume. For labor educators, Milkman's essay on Japanese transplants should stimulate much discussion. This should be on your bookshelves."--Labor Studies Journal

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

ISBN: 9780195089042
ISBN-10: 0195089049
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.48