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Globalisation and Industrial Relations

The Pharmaceutical Industry in Germany and the United Kingdom

Although many books have been written about the economic impact of globalization on Europe, none has focused exclusively on the pharmaceutical industry. To fill this gap in scholarship, Globalization and Industrial Relations offers a full account of how open markets have affected drug companies, their employees, and consumers alike. 
Using the examples of Germany and the United Kingdom as case studies, this volume uses a careful theoretical background and broad empirical analysis to evaluate the current state of industrial relations in the pharmaceutical industry. Globalisation and Industrial Relations addresses how companies in the pharmaceutical industry deal with the challenges from globalization in respect to collective bargaining and workplace representation. A complete analysis of industrial relations in the drug manufacturing industry in a changing world, this volume also forecasts different trajectories for the systems of industrial relations in Germany and the United Kingdom.

265 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/8

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor

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Table of Contents

........... List of Tables and Figures
1............ Foreword
2............ Introduction
3............ Paradigmatic theoretical approaches to the study of
........... industrial relations
3.1         Industrial Relations: A definition
3.2         Theories of industrial relations
3.2.1      Industrial relations as a social system
3.2.2      Actor-oriented analysis   Rational choice   Social action
3.2.3      Institutionalist analysis   Historical institutionalism3.2.3.2   Steeringstheoretical institutionalism
3.2.4      Human resource management
3.2.5      Comparative approach
3.2.6      Industrial relations systems
3.3         Political economy approach
3.3.1      The free-market approach
3.3.2      Marxist analysis
3.3.3      Theory of regulation
3.3.4      Corporatism
3.3.5      Welfare State Regimes
3.3.6      Varieties or Models of Capitalism
3.4         Theoretical synthesis
4............ Globalization and its impact
4.1         Globalization, Internationalization, Regionalization and Imperialism
4.2         Analytical framework for the study of globalization
4.3         Economic globalization
4.3.1      Areas and main drivers of economic globalization
4.4         The globalization discourse
4.5         Empirical evidence
4.5.1      Globalization of Trade
4.5.2      Globalization of financial markets
4.5.3      Foreign Direct Investment
4.5.4      Global Production
4.6         Globalization processes in ethical pharmaceutical industries
4.6.1      History of the pharmaceutical industry
4.6.2      Sector specifics: A snapshot
5............ Guiding hypothesis
6............ Industrial Relations institutions and processes: Comparing
........... the United Kingdom and Germany
6.1         Industrial Relations in the German pharmaceutical industry under pressure from globalization, Europeanization and re-unification: erosion, adaptation or path change?
6.1.1      Codetermination levels   Codetermination on the supervisory board   Co-determination at workplace level: institutions and practices   Quantitative development of co-determination
6.1.2      Collective bargaining: stable structures, blurring practices and
               new actors   Structure of collective bargaining
MARGIN: 3pt -2.55pt 0pt 45.1pt"6.1.3      Centralized industrial relations under pressure: trend towards the workplace level
6.1.4      Impact of globalization on industrial relations in the German pharmaceutical industry
6.1.5      Conclusion: assessing the changes in the industrial relations’ system of the German ethical pharmaceutical industry
6.2       Industrial Relations in the United Kingdom’s pharmaceutical industry: decentralization, fragmentation, juridification and the growing influence of EU legislation
6.2.1      Employee representation: unionized versus non-unionized
6.2.2      Structure of collective bargaining: importance of the workplace level
6.2.3      Conclusion: Impact of globalisation on industrial relations in the British pharmaceutical industry
7............ Conclusion: Impact of globalization on industrial relations
8............ Literature

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