Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society

Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society

Ralf Rogowski

Reflexive Labour Law in the World Society investigates trends in labour and employment law from the perspective of modern social systems theory. It uses Niklas Luhmann’s theory of the world society and Gunther Teubner’s reflexive law concept for an analysis of modern employment law and industrial relations. Areas investigated include: reflexive employment protection; the reflexive regulation and deregulation of labour market policies and labour law; reflexivity in labour and employment conflict resolution; reflexive coordination and implementation of EU social and employment law; and reflexive global labour law.

Chapter 2: Reflexive labour law: a general introduction

Ralf Rogowski

Subjects: law - academic, european law, labour, employment law, law and society, social policy and sociology, labour policy


This chapter introduces general features of the concept of reflexive labour law. It starts with information on its origin in the theory of reflexive law and then introduces some specific characteristics of reflexive labour law. The chapter contains a first attempt to apply the reflexive law concept to modern labour law and concentrates on theoretical and general aspects of reflexive labour law. The main theoretical topics discussed in this chapter will be further analysed in separate chapters of the book. These topics include the regulation of self-regulation through collective agreements and employment contracts, reflexivity in the regulation of employment protection and labour market policies and reflexive global labour law. The chapter makes an attempt to refute some of the criticism of reflexive law by demonstrating the usefulness of applying auto poietic social systems theory to labour law.

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