Critically discuss the role and influence of the State on the industrial relation systems in two of the Coordinated Market Economies considered in the course. To what extent do the States’ role and influence differ across these countries?
Key points: •strong argument •clear introduction with definitions and theoretical/ analytical framework; •integration of a broad range of academic literature and robust data sources from across the course; •analysis rather than an overemphasis on description; clearly expressed; •referencing and bibliography; •conclusion that builds on the argument rather than merely summarising; •clear, logical structure Essay structure and developing an argument •The introduction should address the question and its meaning The introduction should use definitions from the academic literature •A theoretical/ analytical framework should be introduced early on •The question should be broken down and themes identified •Comparative analysis should be organised thematically rather than country-by-country References: The role of the state •Hyman, Richard (2008) The state in industrial relations. In: Blyton, P., Bacon, N., Fiorito, J. and Heery, E., (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Industrial Relations •A Hassel (2009) ‘Policies and Politics in Social Pacts in Europe’, European Journal of Industrial Relations, 1 •V Glassner, The Public Sector in the Crisis, ETUI (2010): http://www.etui.org/Publications2/Working‐ Papers/The‐public‐sector‐in‐the‐crisis
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