Economic of social regulation of global workforce

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with a conceptual and analytical framework for understanding the main trends and problems affecting the regulation of labour in a context of intensified economic internationalisation. In so doing, the course introduces the basic concepts for the analysis of employment relations and their regulation, while at the same time focussing on key issues currently debated in employment relations research. The course also aims to address the impact of labour market institutions on economic performance, especially in the framework of the EU and the EMU and with particular attention to the shift from a Keynesian to a monetarist macro-economic regime.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will acquire knowledge and develop in-depth understanding of the systems of employment relations, the challenges they are exposed to and their current transformations, as well as the effects of these changes on patterns of labour market inequalities and economic performance. Students will learn how to critically apply such knowledge to the analysis of recent developments in labour and employment relations across Europe, the US, Japan and Australia. They will also acquire the ability to use the specific terminology of employment relations research and to critically examine employment relations issues.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
Lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams (MT) platform and can be followed both synchronously on the basis of the indicated timetable and in asynchronous, as they will be registered and left available to students on the same platform or on Ariel. If the health situation will allow it and in compliance with the indications in force, there may be activities in presence in the classroom, of which the students will be appropriately informed through Ariel.
Course syllabus
Topics will include:
1. The theory and context of employment relations
2. The actors in employment relations
3. Interactions and outcomes in employment relations
4. Globalization, crises and the regulation of the employment relations
5. Employment relations institutions, economic performance and inequality
6. Digitalization and employment relations
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary competences are required
Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions in class on the proposed texts
Teaching Resources
The complete reading list will be made available on Ariel upon the beginning of the course.

Required readings
- Baccaro, L., Howell, C. (2011). A Common Neoliberal Trajectory. The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Advanced Capitalism. Politics & Society. 39(4): 521-563.
- Blyton, P. and Turnbull, P. (2004), The Dynamics of Employee Relations. New York: Plagrave McMillan. Chapters 1 and 2
- Bordogna, L., Cella, G.P. (1999). Admission, exclusion, correction: the changing role of the state in industrial relations. Transfer - European Review of labur and Research. 5(1-2): 14-33.
- Bordogna L., Pedersini R. (2015). What Kind of Europeanization? How EMU is Changing National Industrial Relations in Europe. Giornale di diritto del lavoro e di relazioni industriali. XXXVII(2): 183-230.
- Bach S., Bordogna L. (2013). Reframing public service employment relations: The impact of economic crisis and the new EU economic governance. European Journal of Industrial Relations. 19(4): 279-294.
- Colling, T. and Terry, M. (2010). Industrial Relations. Theory and Practice. Chichester: Wiley. Chapter 4.
- Degryse, C. (2017). Shaping the world of work in the digital economy. ETUI: Bruxelles.
- Hall P., Soskice D. (eds) (2001). Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional Foundations of Comparative Advantage, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Introduction, pp. 1-68.
- Hassel, A. (2008). The Evolution of a Global Labor Governance Regime. Governance. 21(2): 231-251.
- Hyman, R. (1997). Trade unions and interest representation in the context of globalisation, in Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research. 3(3): 515-533.
- Ibsen, C.L. and Tapia, M. (2017), Trade union revitalisation: Where are we now? Where to next?, Journal of Industrial Relations. 59(2): 170-191.
- Marginson, P. (2016). Governing work and employment relations in an internationalised economy: The institutional challenge. ILR Review. 69(5): 1033-1055.
- Mayer, F., Gereffi, G. (2010). Regulation and Economic Globalization: Prospects and Limits of Private Governance. Business and Politics. 12(3): 1-25.
- Pedersini, R. (2014). European industrial relations between old and new trends. Stato e Mercato. 102: 341-368.
- Pulignano, V. (2017). Articulation within (and across) transnational workplaces and the role of European Works Councils. European Journal of Industrial Relations 23(3): 261-276.
- Riisgaard, L. (2005). International Framework Agreements: A New Model for Securing Workers Rights? Industrial Relations 44(4): 707-737.
- Schnabel, C. (2013). Union membership and density: Some (not so) stylized facts and challenges. European Journal of Industrial Relations. 19(3): 255-272.
- Streeck W. (1999). Competitive Solidarity: Rethinking the 'European Social Model, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Working Papers No. 8.
- Thelen, K. (2012). Varieties of Capitalism: Trajectories of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity. Annual Review of Political Science. 15: 137-159.
- Vaughan-Whitehead, D. (2018). Reducing inequalities in Europe: How industrial relations and labour policies can close the gap. Geneva: ILO. Chapter 1.
- Visser, J. (2016). What happened to collective bargaining during the Great Recession? IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 5,

Students who would like to have a general reference book may consider the two following texts:
Sisson, K. (2010). Employment relations matters [Electronic version], Warwick, UK: University of Warwick, available from Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations site:…
Bordogna, L., Pedersini, R. (2019). Relazioni industriali. L'esperienza italiana nel contesto internazionale, Bologna: Il Mulino.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Mini-essays to be sent to the teacher. For students attending the course, the exam will be based on the topics discussed during classes, and on materials presented by the teachers and made available to students.
The exam aims at assessing the acquired knowledge and the capacity of applying this knowledge to cases of social and economic regulation of labour (like incomes and concertation policies, the regulation of public service employment relations, etc.).
Lessons: 60 hours
Monday 2 September 15.30-17.30
Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali e Politiche side Conservatorio second floor room 9
Wednesday 11.00-13.00. Meetings in person are suspended. Skype meetings can be organised via email.
Room 11, second floor (Conservatorio side)