Chapter 1: The world society context: the globalisation of labour law
An assessment of modern labour law that does not take the impact of global processes seriously can nowadays no longer claim to have an adequate understanding of the field. The thesis developed in this chapter will be that the sociological theory of the world society espoused by Niklas Luhmann and the accompanying theory of global law, of which Gunther Teubner is a leading protagonist, provide useful concepts for the interpretation of developments in modern labour law. The chapter consists of five sections. The first section provides a brief overview of the development of Luhmann’s thinking about law and politics as social systems, followed in the second section by an outline of his theory of world society. The third section contains observations on specific problems of law and politics in the world society. The fourth section is devoted to an introduction of Luhmann’s concept of world law and Gunther Teubner’s ideas on global law, and finally, building on Luhmann’s and Teubner’s concepts, the fifth section gives a first assessment of globalisation of labour law.