Questions: Choose ONE these questions:
1Herod and his co-authors (2007) argue that geographical insights should be central to theorising work and employment relations. How might these claims contribute to the study of comparative industrial relations?
2To what extent does Baccaro and Howells 2011 paper arguing that there is a common neoliberal trajectory in Western European countries undermine the varieties of capitalism model?
3Compare industrial relations institutions in the USA and Germany to explain why these countries have been considered as the archetypes of liberal and coordinated market economies respectively. Consider if these countries are still the best examples of each variety of capitalism.
4Industrial relations in China cannot be explained by the varieties of capitalism framework. Why exactly might this be so? What are the major industrial relations issues that we need to understand and explain in that country?
5Assess the argument that industrial relations in Australia have changed from resembling those in a coordinated market economy to those of a liberal market economy.
6Industrial relations in Denmark appear to consist of collective bargaining, minimal state intervention and flexicurity. Explain the extent to which this is an accurate summary. Which of the varieties of capitalism appears to best explain Danish industrial relations?