The Global Evolution of Industrial Relations - Events Ideas And The IIRA

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The initial impetus for this book was the desire of the International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) to provide an institutional history recording the contributions of the Association during the nearly four decades of its existence. However, as the author shows convincingly in this book, the origin and role of the liRA are part of a larger story of the globalization of industrial relations, whose roots were in the United Kingdom, evolved in the United States and then spread to continental Europe and other societies. A detailed and exhaustive phase-by-phase account of this evolutionary process is synthesized by the author, demonstrating the beginnings of industrial relations in the nineteenth century as a response to the Labour Problem, and recounting and explaining its later emergence as an academic and professional field.