School of Economics, Department of Industrial Relations
(Econ) Industrial Relations and Personnel Management
The Course 'Comparative Industrial Relations' (ID401) begins by tackling the concepts and methods
essential to comparative industrial relations. We introduce various types of
system and compare and contrast the roles of the state, management and unions in
different countries. In the second half of the Lent term you will take one from
a range of five-week modules dealing with specialist issues in comparative
Sarah Ashwin (module leader), Prof David Marsden, Prof Richard Hyman, Stephen
Dunn, Sue Fernie, Niels-Erik Wergin
MSc Students where regulations permit. A general knowledge
of the social sciences is required. No previous knowledge of industrial
relations in any particular country is required.
aim of the course is to provide an introduction to a comparative
analysis of industrial relations processes and outcomes. This will be done
through the analysis of a selection of countries including the UK, USA, Western
European nations, Japan and East Asian countries.
number of industrial relations models will be analysed and compared,
in particular the Anglo-Saxon, Rhine, Japanese and 'European social' models.
Important themes in comparative industrial relations will also be explored,
including globalisation and industrial relations; the role of management and
trade unions within different industrial relations systems; the state and
industrial relations; collective bargaining; corporate governance; industrial
democracy, and other related issues in comparative employment relations.
are expected to: attend lectures and seminars; play significant part in
discussions; make presentations in seminar sessions.
course extends over 25 weeks. In the MT and the first half of
LT teaching will be 2˝ hours per week, one hourly lecture (ID401) and one
seminar (ID401.A) of 1˝ hours.
1: An introduction to comparative industrial relations
Lecture 2: Varieties of
capitalism and industrial relations systems
3: Labour and unions
4: The State
Lecture 5: Varieties of management
6: Anglo-Saxon model
7: Industrial relations in Japan: myths and realities
Lecture 8: The ‘European
9: Industrial relations in transforming economies
the second half of the LT there will be an opportunity to choose a specialist
module on a range of options, such as 'Industrial relations and the future of
the European Social Model' and ‘Gender and employment in comparative
third term will consist of a number of case studies of particular industrial
G. and Lansbury, R. (eds.) (1998) International and Comparative Employment
Relations, 3rd Edition. London: Routledge.
A. and Hyman, R. (eds.) (1998) Changing Industrial Relations in Europe, Oxford:
R. and Ferner, A. (eds.) (1994) New Frontiers in European Industrial Relations,
R., Kochan, T. and Piore, M. (eds.) (1995) Employment Relations in a Changing
World Economy, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press.
R. (2001) Understanding European Trade Unionism: Between Market, Class and
Society London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi: Sage.
D. W. (1999) A Theory of Employment Systems: Micro-foundations of Societal
Diversity, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
assessment and examination. Students are required
to write two essays during the course which counts towards half their
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