MG324 International Comparative Industrial Relations
The objectives of this course are, first, to examine the growing field of international regulation of industrial relations and labour standards and, second, to pursue a comparative analysis of the framework, conduct and performance of industrial relations in a number of selected countries. The international section of the course will document and interpret the emergence of a European �system� of industrial relations as a counterpart to the development of the single market and the impact on labour market institutions and practices in the member states. It will also study the operation of international bodies such as the International Labour Organisation and review the development of international labour standards. The comparative section of the course will �benchmark� and compare Ireland�s industrial relations system with those of other industrialised countries. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the global context of industrial relations, in particular the role of European Union legislation and policy, as well as the institutional framework and operation of industrial relations in a number of EU and non-EU countries. Students will also be aware of the theoretical models used for the comparison and assessment of different industrial relations systems, and their application to Ireland.