1. Overview - Convergence or Continuing Diversity of Industrial Relations Systems?.
2. From the Fabulous East: the Japanese Origins of Human Resource Management and the Convergence Hypothesis.
3. Japanese-style Employment Practices Outside Japan.
4. Trade Unions - in Need of some International Solidarity.
5. Comparative Collective Bargaining.
6. Training - Comparative Routes to Skill Formation.
7. The Rules Governing Employment: A Comparative View.
8. Comparative Labour Law - Individual Employment Rights.
9. Collective Labour Law.
10. Transnational Companies, Globalization and Industrial Relations.
11. Minimum Standards in International Trade.
12. Participation: Partnership or Teamworking for Productivity.
13. Conclusions and Prospects for Comparative Industrial Relations.
'Jack Eaton's declared aim for his text is that of "providing food for thought of an analytical kind, especially for the student new to the subject of comparative industrial relations". In this he has succeeded admirably, and not just for the new student; there is plenty here for old hands as well ... An important merit of Eaton's book lies in his preparedness to develop a cohesive argument rather than bringing together what can seem like a random collection of data from different counties.' Industrial Relations Journal
"A thought-provoking introduction to worldwide trends and issues in employment relations. It addresses many of the hard questions that students and teachers in this field have to face." Labour & Industry
* Thematic approach, rather than country by country.
* Single author - many comparative books on industrial relations are collections of individually written chapters, loosely held together by the word "comparative".
* There is increasing prominence given to international aspects in Human Resource Management study schemes. This book offers a 'way in' to the now extensive literature.
* The issue of globalization and the power of transnational companies are addressed. There is scrutiny and appraisal of the proposals that have been made for minimum standards clauses in international trade.