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The Legal Framework of Employment Relations

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  • Simon Deakin
  • Wanjiru Njoya

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The aim of this paper is to reassess the place of labour law in the wider area of employment relations research and to argue the case for labour law's importance to social scientists. We give an analytical account of the principal institutional features of labour law as a form of legal regulation, from an interdisciplinary perspective which takes into account both the internal workings of the labour law system and the social and economic context within which it has evolved. We analyze, in the manner of an internal or 'immanent' critique, the categories which are generally used within labour law discourse to describe the social and economic relations of employment; account for their emergence and evolution in historical terms; consider the origins of their diversity across different national systems; and look at future prospects for convergence or divergence.

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  • Simon Deakin & Wanjiru Njoya, 2007. "The Legal Framework of Employment Relations," Working Papers wp349, Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp349
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    Keywords

    labour law; employment relations; legal diversity; legal convergence;

    JEL classification:

    • K31 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - Labor Law
    • J5 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining
    • J8 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards

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