IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

New Forms of Employee Participation in the United States: Practice and theory (Japanese)

Listed author(s):
Registered author(s):

    Japanese labor and employment law is based on the "command-and-control" model in which the government sets uniform minimum labor standards and enforces them through penalties and administrative inspections while leaving the determination of above-the-standard working conditions to employers, employees, and labor unions. However, the "command-and-control" system is facing challenges due to limited government resources and declining union density. At the same time, there is a shift in the Japanese labor and employment law toward emphasizing the role of employers and employees in its enforcement, although the system of employee representation through which employees are guaranteed to participate in workplace governance collectively is not well arranged. Bearing the situation of the Japanese labor and employment law, this discussion paper looks into the practice and theory of the new form of employee participation in the United States. In the United States, approaches have been made to let employers, labor unions, and other employees' organization regulate the working conditions, including minimum standards set by statutes, and monitor their enforcement, and some scholars discuss the theory of how these approaches can be fit into the well-arranged system of self-regulation. This article introduces the details of the recent development of the practice and theory of self-regulation based on the book Regoverning the Workplace: From Self-Regulation to Co-Regulation (Yale University Press, 2010) by Cynthia Estlund and discusses lessons for Japanese labor and employment law.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Paper provided by Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI) in its series Discussion Papers (Japanese) with number 13026.

    in new window

    Length: 18 pages
    Date of creation: May 2013
    Handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:13026
    Contact details of provider: Postal:
    11th floor, Annex, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) 1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8901

    Phone: +81-3-3501-1363
    Fax: +81-3-3501-8577
    Web page:

    More information through EDIRC

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eti:rdpsjp:13026. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (NUKATANI Sorahiko)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.