Employment Research And State Traditions: A Comparative History of the United States, Great Britain, and Germany by Carola Frege

Employment Research And State Traditions: A Comparative History of the United States, Great Britain…

byCarola Frege

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Contemporary employment research tackles an increasingly globalized subject, much of it using empiricist and a-theoretical methods increasingly embedded in a market-economic paradigm. However, this stands in stark contrast to employment research's historical roots. Exploring these roots, Carola Frege traces how employment research was born out of the industrial and also democratic transformations of the 19th century and shows that the variations of employment research can be traced back to nation-specific state traditions. In particular, how countriesconceptualized their relationship between political and industrial democracy, to what extent their labour movements were more state-oriented, and what influence the state had on the organization of higher education and scientific research, and shaped research topics, methods, theories, andparadigms. The book argues that these different research cultures are still with us today, despite increasing globalization of the subject matter and growing internationalization of the academic world. Based on a comparative historical analysis of research characteristics in Britain, Germany, and the US, thisbook investigates how employment research developed in different ways in different countries. A longitudinal cross-country comparison of publications in the main journals of the field reveals that employment research is still deeply embedded in longstanding country-specific institutional andideational traditions. Frege makes the case for embracing this diversity, and rejuvenating the subject of employment research through a rediscovery of its policy-oriented research traditions, and a reinstatement of its relevance for society.

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Carola Frege is Reader in Employment Relations of the Management Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She studied economics, business administration, and employment relations in Freiburg, Basel, and London. She has been an Associate Professor at Rutgers University and Visiting Professor at Cornell Univer...
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Title:Employment Research And State Traditions: A Comparative History of the United States, Great Britain…Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:September 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199208069

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Table of Contents

IntroductionEmployment Research in CrisisVarieties of Employment ResearchPath Dependencies and State Traditions in Comparative PerspectiveLabour Movement HistoriesScientific TraditionsIndustrial Democracy DiscourseConclusion: The Future of Employment Research