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Comparative employment relations

OPM240

To introduce students to theory and methods in the comparative analysis of employment relations. To provide them with a strong knowledge base on employment relations in a number of countries. To help them think critically about contemporary issues in employment relations. To help them take views about policy issues informed by the latest research.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to comparative theory and method.
  • Markets, institutions and actors.
  • Varieties of capitalism 1: the UK and other LMEs.
  • Varieties of capitalism 2: the CMEs and Japan.
  • The role of the state.
  • Reading week.
  • Employers, employer associations and multi-national corporations.
  • Trade unions.
  • Collective bargaining, works councils and employee participation.
  • Pay, inequality and unemployment; future trends.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Show their familiarity with issues of theory and method in the comparative analysis of employment relations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of employment relations in a number of countries.
  • Think critically about contemporary issues in employment relations.
  • Take views about policy issues informed by the latest research.

Assessment

One two-hour unseen written examination.​​

Essential reading

  • Bamber, G, Lansbury, R. & Wailes, N. (eds) (2011) International and Comparative Employment Relations, 5th edition, London: Sage.
  • P. Dicken (2011) Global Shift. Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, London: Sage, 6th edition.