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This course explores recent changes in the theory and practice of employment relations in light of the changes captured in the concept of globalisation, in particular concerns that increased international competition can erode conditions of work.
The course examines employment relations models in an increasingly globalised context, and explores the transfer of 'best practice' work organisation. Possible mechanisms for the defence of labour standards are considered, including making their maintenance a part of trade liberalisation and investment treaties through the enforcement mechanisms of such institutions as the World Trade Organisation.
Topics covered include globalisation, model employment relations system, the International Labour Organisation and the defence of labour standards, international unionism and the future of unions, diverse national management systems, the relations between employment relations systems, economic performance and social protection.