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Seminar on Neo-Liberalism, Globalization, Crisis and Labor (1 º Sem 2016/2017)

Code: 03138
Acronym: 03138
Level: 2nd Cycle
Basic: No
Teaching Language(s): English
Friendly languages:
Be English-friendly or any other language-friendly means that UC is taught in a language but can either of the following conditions:
1. There are support materials in English / other language;
2. There are exercises, tests and exams in English / other language;
3. There is a possibility to present written or oral work in English / other language.
1 6.0 0.0 h/sem 20.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 1.0 h/sem 21.0 h/sem 129.0 h/sem 0.0 h/sem 150.0 h/sem
Since year 2016/2017
Pre-requisites Sufficient skill in English to understand readings and lectures and participate in discussion.
Objectives Neo-liberalism and its derived policies have progressively gained hegemony in economic governance, leading paradigm shifts in the institutions and mechanisms of capitalist economic regulation. Labor relations based upon varieties of the ?Fordist? model of industrial relations (union representation, collective bargaining and neo-corporatism) have thereby been commonly challenged. Globalization and economic crisis have accelerated such change towards a flexible labor market. Aiming at serving subsequent research needs, this course will provide students with an opportunity to read and discuss critical literature concerning the relation between neo-liberalism, new economic governance and the global tendencies shaping contemporary European labor relations and labor responses. Readings will additionally focus on Southern Europe. To complete the course, each student will develop a literature review appropriate for an individual project related to one or a combination of topics of the program.
Program The course will revolve around the following Program Contents (CP):
CP1. Neo-liberalism, Globalization and the Crises of Capitalism;
CP2. Neo-liberalism and Post-democracy:
CP3. The role of the national State in the construction of industrial relations systems and the new roles of the state in their transformation;
CP4. Europe?s New Economic Governance, the Euro and the Transformation of Industrial Relations;
CP5. The Decline of Trade Union Representation and Action; Trade unionism in the crisis;
CP6. Economic and Fiscal Crisis and Adjustment in Southern European: why such a radical transformation of labor relations? Business interests and labor regulation in adjustment processes;
CP7. Austerity and the transformation of public sector employment relations;
CP8. The future of collective bargaining in Europe and Industrial Democracy in general; Whither labor relations in the brave new Europe?
Evaluation Method Regular student participation in all the sessions will be encouraged (20% of final grade). Students will also prepare seminar sessions through presentation prepared in groups of reading materials (30% of final grade). Students will also be assessed through the submission of a final individual text essay (a structured literature review of around 10 pages) on a specific subject chosen from the topics of the program and related to a potential research project (50% of the final grade).

Teaching Method The course methodology will combine introductory lectures with student-group presentations and structured discussion. At the end of the term, preceding the submission of the final individual essays, the students will be invited to present them individually as the basis for concluding discussion.

Observations The bibliography privileges recent important theoretical and analytical work on Neo-Liberalism, New Economic Governance, Crisis and Labor Relations.
Basic Bibliographic Atzeni, Maurizio ed. (2014) Workers and Labor in a Globalized Capitalism: contemporary theories and theoretical issues, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Baccaro, Lucio and Chris Howell (2011) ?A Common Neoliberal Trajectory: The Transformation of Industrial Relations in Advanced Capitalism?, Politics & Society 39(4): 521?563.
Bamber, Greg J. and Russell D. Lansbury and Nick Wailes (eds), International and Comparative Industrial Relations: Globalisation and Change, 5th Edition (London: Sage, 2010).
Burroni, Luigi and Maarten Keune and Guglielmo Meardi, eds. (2012) Economy and Society in Europe: A Relationship in Crisis. Cheltenham: E. Elgar.
Crouch, Colin (2004) Post-Democracy. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Crouch, Colin (2011) The Strange Non-death of Neo-liberalism, Cambridge: Polity Press.
European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2011), Industrial Relations in Europe 2010. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
Complementar Bibliographic Carola Frege and John Kelly, eds. (2013) Comparative Employment Relations in the Global Economy. London: Routledge.
Gumbrell-McCormick, Rebecca and Hyman, Richard (2013) Trade Unions in Western Europe: Hard Times, Hard Choices. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hancké, Bob (2013) Unions, Central Banks, and EMU: labour market institutions and monetary integration in Europe. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Harvey, David (2010) The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press-Profile Books.
Howell, Chris (2005) Trade Unions and the State: The Construction of Industrial Relations Institutions in Britain, 1890?2000. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
Howell, Chris and Rebecca Kolins Givan (2011) ?Rethinking Institutions and Institutional Change in European Industrial Relations?, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 49:2 (June): 231?255.
Luce, Stephanie (2014) Labor Movements ? Global Perspectives. Malden, MA: Polity Press.
Rocha, Fernando, Coordinator (2014) The New EU Economic Governance and its Impact on the National Collective Bargaining Systems. Madrid: Fundación 1o de Mayo.Bamber, Greg J. and Russell D. Lansbury and Nick Wailes, eds. (2004) International and Comparative Industrial Relations: Globalisation and the Developed Market Economies 4th Edition. London: Sage.
Crouch, Colin (1994) Industrial Relations and European State Traditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (2013) Industrial Relations in Europe 2012. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.
Ferner, Anthony and Richard Hyman, eds. (1998) Changing Industrial Relations in Europe 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.
Frege, Carola M. and John Kelly, eds. (2004) Varieties of Unionism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Howell, Chris (2009). ?The transformation of French industrial relations: labor representation and the state in a post-dirigiste era?. Politics and Society, 37 (2): 229?56.
Hyman, Richard (2001) Understanding European Trade Unionism: Between Market, Class & Society. London: Sage.
Richard Hyman and Anthony Ferner, eds. (1994) New Frontiers in European Industrial Relations.Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
LABOR HISTORY SYMPOSIUM, Chris Howell?s Trade Unions and the State: The Construction of Industrial Relations Institutions in Britain, 1890?2000. Labor History, Vol. 47, No. 2, May 2006, pp. 227?265.
LABOR HISTORY SYMPOSIUM: Bob Hancké?s Unions, Central Banks, and EMU, Labor History, 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5.
Phelan, Craig, ed. (2007) Trade Union Revitalisation: Trends and Prospects in 38 Nations. Oxford: Peter Lang.
Ruysseveldt, Joris Van and Jelle Visser, eds. (1996) Industrial Relations in Europe: Traditions and Transitions. London: Sage.
Jeremy Waddington and Reiner Hoffmann, eds. (2000) Trade Unions in Europe: Facing Challenges and Searching for Solutions. Brussels: ETUI.
Wilkinson, Adrian and Geoffrey Wood and Richard Deeg, eds. (2014) The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations: Comparative Employment Systems. Oxford University Press: Oxford.