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International Actors and International Regulation
International actors and international regulation
Introduction

Industrial relations (IR), as a field of study, is oriented around the nation-state. When Dunlop (1958) proposed the concept of an industrial relations system, this was nationally bounded; though his aim was in part to compare and contrast different national systems, the idea of an international system was not addressed. Yet can we speak of an international industrial relations system? Writing of developments within the European Union (EU), Jensen et al. (1999) argue that we can identify supranational equivalents of Dunlop's three actors-representative organizations of workers and employers, and government agencies-and that their interactions are creating a supranational body of rules. Hence, they conclude, a European industrial relations system exists. The same might be said of ...

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