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Denise M. Rousseau

In: Psychological Contracts in Employment: Cross-National Perspectives

Chapter 14: Psychological Contracts in the United States: Diversity, Individualism, and Associability in the Marketplace

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Psychological Contracts in the United States: Diversity, Individualism, and Associability in the Marketplace
Psychological contracts in the United States: Diversity, individualism, and associability in the marketplace
Denise M.Rousseau

I took one draught of life,

I'll tell you what I paid,

Precisely an existence—

The market-price, they said.

—Emily Dickinson

The United States is a veritable laboratory for developing idiosyncratic and distinct employment relations. In contrast with other industrialized nations, the country has few laws guaranteeing employment conditions such as salary levels or job security; instead, negotiations between firms and workers form the basis for most employment arrangements. New businesses are founded every day, and old ones are frequently transformed; with each occurrence, new and revised employment arrangements emerge. The United States is also a big country with geographically diverse history, resources, culture, ...

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