Economic of social regulation of global workforce

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide students with a conceptual and analytical framework for understanding the main trends and problems affecting the regulation of labour in a context of intensified economic internationalisation. In so doing, the course introduces the basic concepts for the analysis of employment relations and their regulation, while at the same time focussing on key issues currently debated in employment relations research. The course also aims to address the impact of labour market institutions on economic performance, especially in the framework of the EU and the EMU and with particular attention to the shift from a Keynesian to a monetarist macro-economic regime.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will acquire knowledge and develop in-depth understanding of the systems of employment relations, the challenges they are exposed to and their current transformations, as well as the effects of these changes on patterns of labour market inequalities and economic performance. Students will learn how to critically apply such knowledge to the analysis of recent developments in labour and employment relations across Europe, the US, Japan and Australia. They will also acquire the ability to use the specific terminology of employment relations research and to critically examine employment relations issues.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second trimester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for the academic year 2021/2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
Topics will include:
1. The theory and context of employment relations
2. The actors in employment relations
3. Interactions and outcomes in employment relations
4. Globalization, crises and the regulation of the employment relations
5. Employment relations institutions, economic performance and inequality
6. Digitalization and employment relations
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary competences are required
Teaching methods
Lectures and discussions in class on the proposed texts
Teaching Resources
A complete syllabus will be made available at the beginning of the course on the Ariel platform.
A detailed reading list for attending students will be made available weekly on the course website. The "weekly syllabus" will include a list of readings sub-divided for each topic/teaching week.
Readings for "non attending students" are the following. However, please, agree the reading list with Dr. Dorigatti in advance before the exam.

Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2020). Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. London: Routledge, Chapter 2 (Theoretical perspectives on comparative employment relations).
Bamber, G. et al. (2021) International and Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises and Institutional Responses. London: SAGE. Introduction
Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2020). Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. London: Routledge, Chapter 11 (Collective representation at work: institutions and dynamics)
Schnabel, C. (2020). Union Membership and Collective Bargaining: Trends and Determinants. IZA Working Paper
Traxler, F. (2008), Employer organizations. In Blyton, P. et al. The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations. London: SAGE
Meardi, G. (2014), The state and employment relations, in Wilkinson, A., Wood, G., Deeg, R. The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations, Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Howell, C. (2020), Rethinking the role of the state in employment research for a neoliberal era, Industrial and Labor Relations Review
Doellgast, V. and Benassi, C. (2020) Collective bargaining. In A. Wilkinson et al. Handbook of Research on Employee Voice, Edward Elgar.
Molina, O., Rhodes, M. (2002). Corporatism: The Past, Present, and Future of a Concept. Annual Review of Political Science 5:305-331
Pedersini, R. (2014). European industrial relations between old and new trends. Stato e Mercato. 102: 341-368
Baccaro, L. and Howell, C. (2016). Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation. European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Introduction.
Frege, C. and Kelly, J. (2020). Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. London: Routledge, Chapter 3 (Globalization and employment relations) and Chapter 13 (International regulation. Standards and voluntary practices)
Degryse, C. (2016). Digitalisation of the economy and its impact on labour markets. ETUI: Bruxelles.
Wood, A. et al. (2018). Good Gig, Bad Gig: Autonomy and Algorithmic Control in the Global Gig Economy, Work, Employment and Society, 33(1): 56-75.
Pedersini, R. and Dorigatti, L. (2021) Industrial relations and inequality: The many facets of a crucial relationship. Transfer, 27(1): 11-27.

To these texts, three country cases from the following book need to be prepared (the selection of the cases needs to be agreed upon in advance with Dr. Dorigatti). Bamber, G. et al. (2021) International and Comparative Employment Relations: Global Crises and Institutional Responses. London: SAGE
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment for attending students
Class participation + class presentation and analysis of research article (20%) + mini-essays (80%)

Analysis of research article
Attending students are asked to write an analysis (around 1,000 words) of a research article and to present it in class. The analysis should report the article's argument and findings and illustrate the methods used by the author(s).

Attending students are asked to write three mini-essays (around 1,000 words each) discussing the topics dealt in class. Mini-essays will be evaluated on the base of the clarity of the presentation of the topics, of the capacity to draw on different resources to discuss them and to critically present concepts and theoretical perspectives, and of the appropriateness of the terminology used.

Assessment for non attending students
Written examination on the texts indicated in the reference list
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Dorigatti Lisa
Wednesday 10.00-13.00. Meetings in person are temporary suspended. Meetings are held on MS Teams (please, write a message through the chat during office hours).
Room 11, second floor (Conservatorio side)