International & Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes, 6th edn

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This is a short discussion with Greg J. Bamber, Russell D. Lansbury, Nick Wailes & Chris F. Wright, editors of the 6th edition of the book: International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes,* 2016. The book is available from bookshops. It is also available directly from its co-publishers: only in Australia & New Zealand from: In other countries from SAGE: An eBook is available from iTunes, Google, Kindle, Kobo,, VitalSource.

A Chinese adaptation is available from: The excellent team of Chinese adapters/translators were led by Professors Kai Chang and Fang Lee Cooke.

There are great reviews of the book e.g. below and at:

* Royalties are contributing to Cancer Research.

Free videos and PowerPoint slides are available for lecturers to download from the book’s Companion Website:

Comments on the book include: ‘This new edition of a highly praised book is commended for its timely analysis of the impact of globalisation on national industrial relations.’ —Janice Bellace, University of Pennsylvania, United States; former president, International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA)

‘The book breaks new ground as an integrated account of the forces shaping employment relations. It provides expert analysis of the national regulation of labour for more than half the world’s population. The introduction sets out a theoretical framework within which the salient institutional characteristics of the different countries discussed in the following chapters can be appreciated and compared.’ —William Brown, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom/Renmin University, China

‘This book will be welcomed by students and scholars seeking to understand the implications of the interconnectedness of national economies for national-level employment relations, institutions and actors. Twelve countries are explored in chapters written by national experts who, together with contributions from the esteemed editors, provide detailed information and conceptual tools.’ —Linda Dickens, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

‘This pioneering book sets the standard for the field. It offers a theoretically informed analysis, which links key trends in employment relations across twelve countries to global phenomena. It is essential reading for those interested in comparative industrial relations as well as political economy.’ —Jimmy Donaghey, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

‘The most enduring and valuable book in the field of international and comparative employment relations in the last 30 years, the sixth edition covers advanced and emerging economies with insightful theoretical implications from a comparative perspective.’ —Dong-One Kim, Korea University; President, ILERA

‘The most comprehensive and authoritative comparative analysis of employment relations . . . especially welcomed because it provides excellent comparisons of how employment systems in different countries responded to the effects of the post-2007 “Great Recession”. By doing so, this stellar group of authors and editors provide new insights on the adaptability of labor market institutions across the globe.’ —Thomas Kochan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States; former president, ILERA

‘By far the best and most widely used comparative industrial relations book.’ —Sarosh Kuruvilla, Cornell University, United States

‘This latest edition is another major contribution by a group of eminent scholars in the field. It serves to promote the study of comparative employment relations in the current context of globalisation, which is also of topical interest to the International Labour Organization (ILO).’ —Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO

Period2 Jan 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleInternational & Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes, 6th edn
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletAllen & Unwin, Sydney/SAGE, London
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size13 mins
    DescriptionVideo: A Short Preview
    Producer/AuthorUniversity of Sydney
    PersonsGreg Bamber, R D Lansbury, N Wailes, Chris F. Wright