The Transformation of Labour Law in Europe

The Transformation of Labour Law in Europe

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The labour laws of European democracies all underwent major transformations in the seven decades after the Second World War. Following reconstruction, these laws became an essential element in the building of welfare states; in the 1980s and 1990s they were the target of neo-liberal deregulation; and at the beginning of the 21st century new 'flexible' labour laws have attempted to integrate economic and social policy. This book, a sequel to 'The Making of Labour Law in Europe- A Comparative Study of Nine Countries up to 1945' (ed. B Hepple), compares the similarities and differences in the ways in which EU Member States reflected and shaped these general developments, in the context of economic, social and political changes over the period 1945-2004. Note: the Publishers are issuing a reprint of the first volume, 'The Making of Labour Law in Europe - A Comparative Study of Nine Countries up to 1945' to coincide with publication of the sequel. The great strength of the collection is on the focus on context, with chapters looking at developments in labour market trends and structures of worker represntation.The policies are: (i) regulation of labour supply; (ii) employment services; (iii) active labour market policies; (iv) employment contract strategies; and (v) job security. ... European countries have closed the gap between manual and non- manual workersa€”or, in the terminology of Fox, ... 2 Fox (1974). 3 For Britain, see Deakin (1998) and (2001) notes 71 and 72. 4 Freedland (2003) 18. 5 See chapter 4 below.

Title:The Transformation of Labour Law in Europe
Author: Bob Hepple, Bruno Veneziani
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing - 2009-09-02

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