Edited by Andreas Nölke and Christian May
Chapter 4: Labour in the corporation: the political economy of capital versus thepolitical economy of labour
This chapter discusses the issue of labour in the corporation from a global political economy perspective. It seeks to understand the corporation as a site where the political economies of capital and labour intersect, and discusses their basic principles, latent conflicts and possible complementarities. In order to analyse the way concrete capital_labour relations in the corporation are overdetermined by existing institutions, the chapter develops the heuristic of labour regimes, centred on industrial relations, shop floor representation, as well as social and employment protection. The conceptual arguments are illustrated throughout with examples from the German and Argentine automotive industries, in particular concerning recent disputes on employment flexibility and its cost.
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