Bruce E. Kaufman,
Geneva, ISBN: 92-2-114153-5
"This is the best work ever written on the historical development of industrial relations."
Prof. Tadashi Hanami, Professor Emeritus, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
".. .an indispensable source of knowledge for anyone interested in the field of industrial
relations, in the work of the ILO and in the activities of the IIRA."
Prof. Dr. Manfred Weiss, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
"Kaufman's book is a tour de force. It is a thoughtful and analytical history of the
evolution of international and comparative industrial relations as a field of study... It will
be an extremely valuable resource as we take up the challenges facing our field today
Thomas A. Kochan, MIT Sloan School of Management, Institute for Work and Employment Research, USA
Essential reading for all those concerned with the history and practice of industrial relations, this landmark volume chronicles the evolution of the field to date. It focuses on the largely untold story of how the globalization of industrial relations took hold, and explores in depth the pivotal events, ideas and people behind it.
For the most part, the roots of industrial relations are found in North America and the United Kingdom, and this volume takes a substantive look at the theory and practice that developed in these regions before the Second World War. A comprehensive and informative account of events post-1945 is also provided, highlighting the four allimportant pillars that shaped industrial relations in this period: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA), the leading role in industrial relations played by the United States following the Second World War, and the spread of industrialism, market economies, trade union movements and democratic forms of government to many non-Western nations.
Today the field of industrial relations faces significant challenges at both an intellectual and policy level, and in a number of countries it is in decline and even disarray. If present trends continue, important choices will have to be made to ensure brighter prospects. Drawing from the research and analysis of the field's history across the globe, this volume proposes lessons and implications for industrial relations in the future
This volume provides the only comprehensive, up-to-date account of the evolution of the industrial relations field, and outlines the four pillars that led to the internationalization of industrial relations after World War II. It includes substantive background on the roots of industrial relations in the Anglo-Saxon countries, including the role of the IIRA and discusses the future prospects for the field of industrial relations. It also traces the development of modern industrial relations in continental Europe, Japan, Republic of Korea, India, Africa, and Latin America. Kaufman's book highlights the four all-important pillars that shaped industrial relations after this period: the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA); the leading role in industrial relations played by the United States following World War II; and the spread of industrialism, market economies, trade union movements, and democratic forms of government to many non-Western nations.