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The New Structure of Labor Relations
Tripartism and Decentralization
Harry C. Katz (Editor); Wonduck Lee (Editor); Joohee Lee (Editor)


Cloth, 2004 ISBN: 978-0-8014-4184-4
$ 50.50   £38.95

"Tripartism-the national-level interaction among representatives of labor, management, and government-occurs infrequently in the United States. Based on the U.S. experience, then, such interactions might seem irrelevant to economic performance and policymaking. The essays in this volume reveal the falsity of that assumption. Contributors from eight industrialized countries (Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, and the United States) examine the changing nature of labor-management relations, with a particular focus on the role of tripartism and the decentralization of collective bargaining. Although nonexistent in the United States and on the decline in Japan and Australia, tripartism flourishes in Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands, expanding beyond traditional corporatist partners to include women's organizations, senior citizens, and other representatives of "civic society." The vibrancy of the coordinating mechanisms that help shape employment conditions and labor policy contradicts the traditional belief that an overpowering unilateral decentralizing shift is underway in labor-management interactions. The contributors show that these mechanisms are in fact increasing in the face of intensified pressures, promoting greater flexibility in work organization and working time. Marian Baird, University of Sydney Gerhard Bosch, Institute of Work and Technology (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) and University Duisburg-Essen James Donaghey, Queen's University, Belfast Harry C. Katz, Cornell University Russell Lansbury, University of Sydney Joohee Lee, Korea Labor Institute Wonduck Lee, Korea Labor Institute Ida Regalia, University of Milan Marino Regini, University of Milan Hans Slomp, University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands Akira Suzuki, Hosei University, Japan Paul Teague, Queen?s University, Belfast "

About the Author
Harry C. Katz is Dean of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, where he is Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining. He is the author of several books and the editor of Telecommunications: Restructuring Work and Employment Relations Worldwide, also from Cornell. Wonduck Lee is President of the Korea Labor Institute. Joohee Lee is a Research Fellow at the Korea Labor Institute.

Subject Areas
Industrial and Labor Relations
Political Science / Comparative Politics