Lecture_Outline_comparative_industrial_relations_4.15.09

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ILR 205, H. Katz April 15, 2008 Lecture Outline -- Comparative Industrial Relations I. The value of comparative IR analysis A. We learn more about our own IR system by contrasting it with other systems. B. We can test theories or propositions with comparative analysis, e.g., causes of strikes (Kerr-Siegel). C. The other countries are important in their own right. D. Key IR system differences U.S. vs. most other countries – see attached chart II. IR in West Germany and Japan: We focus on these countries for the following reasons. A. Each country has been economically vibrant: Japan has had extremely rapid growth in the last 30 years; W. Germany was the "economic miracle" of the 1960s. B. The U.S. IR system is becoming somewhat like the Japanese and W. German systems (see the lecture on participation). C. The Japanese and W. German IR systems have some distinctive features very unlike the U.S. IR system. III. Japanese IR system: key features A. Lifetime employment principle 1. Not contractual, only a promise firms work hard to support; in extreme times firms do lay off, e.g., steel and shipbuilding.
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