Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations in Industrialized Market Economies

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Roger Blanpain
Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2007 - Law - 776 pages
Comparativism is no longer a purely academic exercise but has
increasingly become an urgent necessity for industrial relations and legal
practitioners due to the growth of multinational enterprises and the impact of
international and regional organizations aspiring to harmonize rules. the
growing need for comprehensive, up-to-date and readily available information
on labour law and industrial relations in different countries led to the
publication of the International Encyclopaedia for Labour Law and Industrial
Relations, in which more than 70 international and national monographs have
thus far been published. This book, Comparative Labour Law and Industrial
Relations in Industrialized Market Economies, goes a step further than the
Encyclopaedia in as much as most of the chapters provide comparative and
integrated thematic treatment. the aim is to describe the salient
characteristics and trends in labour law and industrial relations in the
contemporary world. This book is obviously not exhaustive, with respect to the
coverage of countries and topics. the authors limit themselves mainly to the
industrialized market economies. the book is divided in three main parts: an
introduction relating to methodology and documentation, including the use of
Internet. the second part concerns international actors, like the
International Employer's Organisations and the International Trade Union
Movement, as well as Human Resources Management. the third concerns the
sources of regulation, concentrating on International and European Labour Law,
as well as on Codes of Conduct for Multinational Enterprises and describes
also the rules in case of conflict of laws. the last part deals with
international developments and comparative studies in not less than 15
chapters. the IXth edition, will like the previous editions, serve as a
textbook and reference work to facilitate the task of teachers and students of
comparative labour law and industrial relations. It will also provide labour
lawyers with the necessary insights to cope with a world which is increasingly

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Roger Blanpain is a Professor at the University of Leuven and Katholieke Universiteit Brussels and is the Editor in Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Laws.

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