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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Comparative Employment Relations

France, Germany and Britain

ISBN 9781137353689
Publication Date May 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Comparative Employment Relations explores the interconnectedness of contemporary European economies by examining employment relations in three key European countries: France, Germany and Britain. It offers an in-depth comparative analysis of the issues that stand at the heart of employment relations: pay and working conditions and how these are determined, power relations between capital and labour, how employment should be regulated, and what role the state plays.

Key benefits:

• Written in an engaging and accessible style
• Offers a unique systematic comparison between the three countries
• Handles complex theoretical concepts in a straightforward and innovative way

This book fills the gap between single country studies of employment relations and more broad-brush multi-country approaches, making it ideal for both undergraduate and postgraduate students studying employment and industrial relations.

Susan Milner is Reader in European Studies in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, UK.

1. Introducing Comparative Employment Relations
2. Understanding Variety and Change in Capitalist Economies
3. The Changing Role of the State in Employment Relations
4. Trade Unions in and Beyond the Workplace
5. Does Collective Bargaining Still Matter?
6. Employment Relations in the Workplace: Voice, Representation and Conflict
7. Organisational Restructuring and Employment Relations
8. Working Time, Employment Regimes, and Employment Relations
9. Pay, Productivity and Skills
10. Conclusion: Lessons from Comparative Employment Relations.


This book is a welcome contribution in the field of comparative industrial relations. It provides a solid theoretical and empirical characterization of similarities and differences of the three countries and what can be learned from these differences and similarities. This book will become an invaluable resource in the study of European comparative industrial relations.' – Bernd Brandl, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of York, UK
'This excellent and well-written book is an innovative and valuable contribution to the field of HRM and employment relations. Linking practices and developments at the workplace with political and industrial relations in France, Germany and Britain, this book will be invaluable to students, academics and professionals understanding and discussing the dynamics of employment relations.' – Frank Tros, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
'This text is an important contribution to both comparative employment relations and human resource management literature, providing an in-depth systematic comparison of employment relations in France, Germany and the UK. Covering and comparing a wide range of up-to-date subject areas, this book is ideal for both human resource management and employment relations students and academics.' – Heather Connolly, De Montfort University, UK
'This book is a must-read for those who want to know more about current changes in the labour market. In this impressive undertaking, Milner presents an overview of current institutional changes in the biggest economies in Europe: France, Germany and Britain. It is one of the best contributions to comparative studies of employment relations, with a profound analysis of a wide range of topics such as flexibility, outsourcing, and the segmentation of the current labour markets. Milner highlights the most up-to-date changes in national economies with great insight. This book is essential for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying employment and industrial relations, especially MA level HRM students.' – Ulke Veersma, University of Greenwich, UK
'This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to comparative employment relations in Europe through the lens of developments in three major economies. It is distinctive in using comparative analysis between three national case studies throughout the text to answer critical management and policy questions. Comparative Employment Relations is a valuable reference for students at undergraduate and masters levels, as well as researchers.' – Virginia Doellgast, London School of Economics, UK
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