This collection of country studies explores changing relationships between the state, employers and labour in an increasingly internationalized world economy. It covers ten countries and examines the tensions and contradictions caused by neo-liberal market agendas. The authors express concern at the potentially ravaging effects of market deregulation on organized labour and present a critical account of state efforts to emulate desired models of national economic development. While the central core of the book concerns itself with changing labour relations, this is placed within the wider context of state and employer strategy, and covers issues such as labour market segmentation, welfare and taxation regimes and varying approaches to corporatism.

part ONE|55 pages

'Globalization' and the Limits of Reform

chapter 1|17 pages


ByMartin Upchurch

part TWO|84 pages

Advanced Industrial Nations

chapter 3|30 pages

The Rise and Fall of Modell Deutschland ?

ByMartin Upchurch

chapter 4|25 pages

Union Identity and Strategy in Spain: Negotiating Traditions of Struggle 1

ByMiguel Martínez Lucio

part THREE|87 pages

Economies in Transformation

chapter 7|25 pages

Labour Versus State and Capital in China's 'Socialist Market Economy' 1

ByRaymond W. K. Lau, Trini W.-Y. Leung

part FOUR|74 pages

The Search for Modernity?

chapter 9|18 pages

Trade Unions in Brazil in a Context of Economic Adjustment

ByJose Ricardo Ramalho

chapter 10|21 pages

Unions, Corporatism and the Industrial Relations System in Mexico

ByEnrique de la Garza, Javier Melgoza, Marcia Campillo

chapter 11|29 pages

Ethnicity, State, Labour and Capital in Malaysia

ByMhinder Bhopal

chapter |5 pages


ByMartin Upchurch