While the debate on the impact of globalization on the organization of business is well established, its impact on working life has been left relatively untouched. This book attempts to redress this imbalance by examining the effect of globalization on the institutions, processes and practices of working life in France, Scandinavia and the UK. The contributors examine global trends such as the decentralizaion of industrial relations and the revival of neo-liberalism, and discuss them from a theoretical and empirical perspective. They go on to argue that these global trends can really only exist in nationally specific contexts and focus on the changing roles of trade union and labour movements in representing workers' interests. They trace the emergence of new European institutional and political dimensions of working, and attempt to answer the question of how converged, diverged or revised European working practices have become. The book concentrates on various aspects of working life to illustrate the variety of change and complexity and asserts the view that it is not possible to isolate abstract global trends from national, historical and social factors.
Indeed, certain phenomena such as politics, gender and culture play an important role, the authors argue, in differentiating national experiences which can superficially appear to be similar global trends.