Beyond national systems, towards a ‘gig economy’? A research agenda for international and comparative employment relations

Chris F. Wright, Nick Wailes, Greg J. Bamber, Russell D. Lansbury

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This journal (Volume 29, Issue 3, 2017) included four review essays that focussed on the 6th edition of the book International and Comparative Employment Relations: National Regulation, Global Changes (Bamber et al. 2016). This article reflects on these essays. It begins to develop a novel multi-scalar analytical framework for comparing employment relations internationally, which includes the influence of the institutional dynamics of industrial sectors and global production networks as well as national systems. It also discusses three aspects of the gig economy. Further it proposes a research agenda that would look beyond Varieties of Capitalism approaches, to embrace a more dynamic and diverse array of regulatory systems, including the gig economy and other developments in the world of work and employment relations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-257
Number of pages11
JournalEmployee Responsibilities and Rights Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Coordinated market economies
  • Gig economy
  • Global production networks
  • International and comparative employment relations
  • Liberal market economies
  • Varieties of capitalism

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