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Regulating for Decent Work
New Directions in Labour Market Regulation
 
 
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07 Jun 2011
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Regulating for Decent Work is an international and inter-disciplinary response to the neo-liberal ideologies that have shaped labour market regulation in recent decades. It draws on contributions by leading experts across a range of disciplines, including economics, law, political science and industrial relations. International in scope, it includes chapters on both advanced economies (US, Canada, Europe) and the developing world (China, Brazil, Indonesia, Tanzania).

The volume identifies central themes in the contemporary regulation of labour, including the regulation of precarious work, the emergence of new types of labour market and the role of empirical research in assessing and supporting labour market interventions. Each theme is explored through key contributions by leading experts. Chapters cover issues that include labour market uncertainty, the effectiveness of legal norms, and methodologies for evaluating the intersection of various levels of regulation.

The book advances the academic and policy debates on post-crisis labour regulation by identifying new challenges, subjects and theoretical perspectives. In contrast to the dominant deregulatory approaches, it calls for labour market regulation to be reinvigorated.

This book will be required reading for postgraduates and academic researchers in law, economics, industrial relations and development studies, as well as policy makers at both international and domestic levels.


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Regulating for Decent Work is an international and inter-disciplinary response to the neo-liberal ideologies that have shaped labour market regulation in recent decades. It draws on contributions by leading experts across a range of disciplines, including economics, law, political science and industrial relations. International in scope, it includes chapters on both advanced economies (US, Canada, Europe) and the developing world (China, Brazil, Indonesia, Tanzania).

The volume identifies central themes in the contemporary regulation of labour, including the regulation of precarious work, the emergence of new types of labour market and the role of empirical research in assessing and supporting labour market interventions. Each theme is explored through key contributions by leading experts. Chapters cover issues that include labour market uncertainty, the effectiveness of legal norms, and methodologies for evaluating the intersection of various levels of regulation.

The book advances the academic and policy debates on post-crisis labour regulation by identifying new challenges, subjects and theoretical perspectives. In contrast to the dominant deregulatory approaches, it calls for labour market regulation to be reinvigorated.

This book will be required reading for postgraduates and academic researchers in law, economics, industrial relations and development studies, as well as policy makers at both international and domestic levels.


Reviews

'Regulating the labour market is a distortion for some, a panacea for others. This book provides the ingredients for those who wish to transcend simple positions. Drawing on empirical, inter-disciplinary and comparative perspectives, this unique collection of essays establishes the moral and economic case for regulation, identifies the circumstances that make regulation effective, and reveals the gap between 'law on the books' and 'law in action'. It is a significant resource for scholars and policy-makers who are engaged in thinking about regulation as part of a just market regime.' - Guy Mundlak, Tel-Aviv University


Contents

PREFACE
New Directions in Labour Regulation Research; S.Lee & D.McCann
PART I: THEORIES AND PERSPECTIVES
The Evidence-based Case for Labour Regulation; S.Deakin
Precarious Employment and the Problem of SER-Centrism in Regulating for Decent Work; L.Vosko
The Growth of Extended 'Entry Tournaments' and the Decline of Institutionalized Occupational Labour Markets in Britain; D.Marsden
PART II: RECENT COUNTRY EXPERIENCES
Laws or Luck?: Understanding Rising Formality in Brazil in the 2000s; J.Berg
Labour Market Regulations and the Welfare of Indonesian Workers; Y.Islam
The Enactment of Three New Labour Laws in China: Unintended Consequences and Emergence of 'New' Actors in Employment Relationships; F.L.Cooke
PART III: OLD CHALLENGES, NEW TECHNIQUES
Short Time Compensation as an Employment Stabilization Policy; R.LaJeunesse
Gender and the Minimum Wage; D.Grimshaw & J.Rubery
Decent Work for Domestic Work: an Achievable Goal or Wishful Thinking?; M.Tomei
PART IV: ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE REGULATION
The Impact of Labour Regulations: Measuring the Effectiveness of Legal Norms; S.Lee & D.McCann
Governing Regulatory Discretion: Innovation and Accountability in Two Models of Labour Inspection Work; R.Pires
A Diagnostic Methodology for Regulating Decent Work; D.Frey


Authors

SANGHEON LEE Research and Policy Coordinator for Conditions of Work and Employment Programme of the International Labour Office. He specializes in analyzing and monitoring changes in wages and working conditions with a view to developing improved policy responses. Dr. Lee has written extensively on working conditions issues. His recent publications include Globalization and Changes in Employment Conditions in East Asia and the Pacific (co-editor with F. Eyraud, Chandos and ILO, 2008) andWorking Time Around the World (with D. McCann and J. Messenger, 2007, Routlegde and ILO). He is also one of the main authors of the ILO's Global Wage Report 2010/11 (2010) and a Co-ordinator of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He holds a PhD in economics from Cambridge University.

DEIRDRE MCCANNSenior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research is in the field of labour law and policy and has a particular focus on the regulation of working conditions, precarious work, and the influence of flexibility discourses on labour market regulation. Her publications have focused on the regulation of working time, non-standard work and work/family reconciliation. They include Regulating Flexible Work (Oxford University Press 2008). She was previously a Senior Researcher at the International Labour Office in Geneva and is a co-ordinator of the international research network on Regulating for Decent Work.