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Labour and Employment in a Globalising World

Azaïs, Christian (ed.)

Labour and Employment in a Globalising World

Autonomy, Collectives and Political Dilemmas

Year of Publication: 2010

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 273 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-90-5201-658-0 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.390 kg, 0.860 lbs

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Book synopsis

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.


Contents: Christian Azaïs: Introduction. Labour and Employment in a Globalising World – Liana Carleial: The Brazilian Labour Market. Structural Features, «New» Flexibilisation and Recent Performance – Paul Van Aerschot: The Effects of Activation Measures on Disadvantaged Jobseekers’ Rights and Obligations in Denmark, Finland and Sweden – Olivier Giraud: Implementing the New Swiss Employment Policies in the Context of Globalisation – Paola Cappellin: Entrepreneur Associations and Trade Unions. Towards a Merging Labour Policy Agenda? – Jacques Perrat: Territorialised Industrial Policies and New Spatial Divisions of Labour. What is at Stake for Socio-economic Actors? – Patrick Dieuaide: Autonomy, General Working Capacity and Collective Action – Cinara L. Rosenfield: Informational Worker Autonomy. Freedom or Control? – Christian Azaïs: Subordination or Autonomy? The Hybridisation of the Labour Market. The Italian case – Laima Seksnyte-Sappington: New Organisational Realities. Individualisation and Atomisation in the Organisation of ‘Second Modernity’ – Christoph Henning: Limits of Fulfilment in an Age of Flexibility. Changes in Management Semantics and the Critique of Capitalism – Georgina Murray/David Peetz: Ideology Down Under and the Shifting Sands of Individualism – Kerstin Wüstner: Public Sectors Becoming a Flexible Labour World. Consequences for the Employees – Donna Kesselman: Postface.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

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.