Labour and Employment in a Globalising World: Autonomy, Collectives and Political Dilemmas

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Christian Azaïs
Peter Lang, 2010 - Social Science - 273 pages
This collection of essays provides new insight into the complex realities of labour and employment market globalisation. The pluridisciplinary and multi-faced understanding of globalisation is based upon ground research in ten countries from South to North.
Its contextualisation of globalising labour and employment market, perceived as process, constitutes the originality of the book. Globalisation is understood through a single process of both standardisation and differentiation, which also underscores its political agenda. The globalising process incorporates trends of convergent and somewhat undifferentiated Southern and Northern situations in labour and employment.
Strong political perspectives thereby emerge to help understand changes in current capitalism and question the longstanding North to South paradigm. As labour and employment markets standardise and differentiate, what other problematical threads can be pulled to strengthen the hypothesis that trends converge within a single globalising process? The comparative concepts and tools proposed in this volume help to answer these queries.

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Introduction Labour and Employment
The Brazilian Labour Market Structural Features
The Effects of Activation Measures
Implementing the New Swiss Employment Policies
Decentralisation and Specialisation of Labour
Territorialised Industrial Policies
Autonomy General Working Capacity
Informational Worker Autonomy
Subordination or Autonomy?
New Organisational Realities Individualisation
Limits of Fulfilment in an Age of Flexibility
Ideology Down Under and the Shifting Sands
Public Sectors Becoming a Flexible Labour World

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About the author (2010)

Christian Azaïs is currently a teacher and researcher in socio-economics at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, in Amiens (France) and at the IRISSO, a French CNRS research centre in Paris Dauphine. After spending twelve years in a state university in Brazil as a political scientist, he became a socio-economist, specialising in labour and employment issues in developing and developed countries (France, Brazil, Italy and Mexico).
He is now coordinating a three-year French programme ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche) on governance and globalisation in four major metropolises in Latin America (Buenos Aires, Caracas, Mexico City and São Paulo).
His own research deals with the professionalisation of helicopter pilots and the way a new profession is being built both in Mexico City and in São Paulo.
Theoretically, it corresponds to a preoccupation of how employment and labour issues in capitalism today are taken into account while diverse forms of wage-earner relationships are emerging.

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