Globalization and precarious forms of production and employment: challenges for workers and unions

Contributor(s): Carole, Thornley [Editor] | Jefferys, Steve [Editor] | Appay, Beatrice [Editor]
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK Edward Elgar 2010Description: xii, 258 p.ISBN: 9781848445932Subject(s): Production (Economic theory) | Employment | Labor economics | Globalization - Economic aspectsDDC classification: 331.338 Summary: The contributors, all leading scholars in their field, investigate central issues including: the role and behaviour of transnational corporations; flexibility, insecurity, individualized and precarious work; individual and collective responses; and ideological forms and justifications. Using rich, diverse examples and case studies they also explore a full range of industries and sectors including agriculture, manufacture, services and state employment, encompassing both mature capitalist economies and global outsourcing to less developed regions. This innovative and timely book provides a multidisciplinary analysis that advances underdeveloped theories and will stimulate further debate and contributions on the roles of states, employers and workers’ organizations, as well as ideology and democracy. It will strongly appeal to academics who work, study or research the interrelated fields of global economy and international sociology, globalization, management, human resource management, employee and industrial relations, sociology of work, and international political economy. (http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/globalization-and-precarious-forms-of-production-and-employment?___website=uk_warehouse)
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Table of Contents:


1. Introduction: Globalization and Precarious Forms of Production and Employment: Challenges for Workers and Unions
Carole Thornley, Steve Jefferys and Beatrice Appay

2. In the Age of Wal-Mart: Precarious Work and Authoritarian Management in the Global Supply Chain
Nelson Lichtenstein

3. ‘Precarization’ and Flexibility in the Labour Process: A Question of Legitimacy and a Major Challenge for Democracy
Beatrice Appay

4. Legitimating Precarious Employment: Aspects of the Post-Fordism and Lean Production Debates
Dan Coffey and Carole Thornley

5. Global Restructuring of Transnational Companies: Negotiations in the Auto Industry
Isabel da Costa and Udo Rehfeldt

6. Trade Unions Facing Uncertainty in Central and Eastern Europe
Sylvie Contrepois and Steve Jefferys

7. Seasonal Workers in Mediterranean Agriculture: Flexibility and Insecurity in a Sector Under Pressure
Beatrice Mésini

8. The Rise in Precarious Employment and Union Responses in Australia
Iain Campbell

9. Hyper-flexibility in the IT Sector: Myth or Reality?
Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffmann, Michel Lallement, Martine Pernod-Lemattre and François Sarfati

10. The Increasing Use of ‘Market’ Concepts in Negotiations, and Contextualizing Factors
Jens Thoemmes

11. Trade Union Responses to Privatization and Restructuring of Production in Argentina in the 1990s: Similarities and Differences in Two State-owned Companies
Juliana Frassa, Leticia Muñiz Terra and Alejandro Naclerio

12. Organizing and Mobilizing Precarious Workers in France: The Case of Cleaners in the Railways
Heather Connolly

13. Growing Power Asymmetries, Individualization and the Continuing Relevance of Collective Responses
Rachid Bouchareb

14. Changing Lanes or Stuck in the Slow Lane? Employment Precariousness and Labour Market Status of MG Rover Workers Four Years After Closure
Alex de Ruyter, David Bailey and Michelle Mahdon

15. ‘Politics of Production’, A New Challenge for Unionism: Workers Facing Citizens in the French Civil Nuclear Energy
Patrick Chaskiel


The contributors, all leading scholars in their field, investigate central issues including: the role and behaviour of transnational corporations; flexibility, insecurity, individualized and precarious work; individual and collective responses; and ideological forms and justifications. Using rich, diverse examples and case studies they also explore a full range of industries and sectors including agriculture, manufacture, services and state employment, encompassing both mature capitalist economies and global outsourcing to less developed regions.

This innovative and timely book provides a multidisciplinary analysis that advances underdeveloped theories and will stimulate further debate and contributions on the roles of states, employers and workers’ organizations, as well as ideology and democracy. It will strongly appeal to academics who work, study or research the interrelated fields of global economy and international sociology, globalization, management, human resource management, employee and industrial relations, sociology of work, and international political economy.

(http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/globalization-and-precarious-forms-of-production-and-employment?___website=uk_warehouse)

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