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 4: Reflexive employment protection

Ralf Rogowski

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


Employment protection constitutes the core of what is traditionally known as individual labour law or employment law. Adequate protection against arbitrary decisions of management has for a considerable time been the essential pillar of labour law. Conceived as an individual right, employment protection plays a central role in Otto Kahn-Freund’s famous definition of labour law as countervailing force.

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