European Labour Studies and Comparative Employment Relations

The course provides an overview of the regulation of labour markets and employment relations in an international comparative perspective. On the one hand we will discuss the historical and theoretical foundations of labour relations while on the other hand we will look at the role that different actors, institutions and policies play at the national and supra-national level. The focus thereby will be placed on the transformation of labour relations against globalized markets and the European integration process. The course is organized along three topical areas covering (i) the main understandings and concepts of labour relations and their respective theoretical foundations ; (ii) the role of different actors in governing employment relations and how those are being regulated in selected countries ; and (iii) the role and impact of international organizations (such as the European Union, European Works Councils, the ILO) for regulating labour relations at different levels.

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