Working conditions, the logic of industrialism and the balance of social forces: exploring convergence and diversity across nations' manufacturing industry


Vernon, Guy (1999) Working conditions, the logic of industrialism and the balance of social forces: exploring convergence and diversity across nations' manufacturing industry. Oxford, UK, [Centre on] Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, 30pp. (SKOPE Research Papers, (2) ).

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The past decade has seen much discussion about the scope for national distinctiveness in employment relations in the context of the globalisation of corporations and markets. This paper employs historical data on aspects of working conditions in eleven nations’ manufacturing sectors to comment on the impact of supposedly intensifying global pressures. With no historic convergence of working conditions evidenced by a statistical analysis, the paper turns to a preliminary econometric analysis to afford some purchase on the conditions which underpin continuing national distinctiveness. The results suggest that cross-national variation in the exposure of employees to managerial prerogative, whilst being far from the only influence, has played a substantial role in the shaping of working conditions.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
ISSNs: 1466-1535 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
T Technology > TS Manufactures
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 47195
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:31
Publisher: [Centre on] Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47195

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