The Neoliberal Revolution in Industrial Relations
Catalyst: A Journal of Theory & Strategy 2 (4), 106-124, 2019
18 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2019 Last revised: 13 Aug 2019
Date Written: February 22, 2019
This essay provides an extended review of "Trajectories of Neoliberal Transformation: European Industrial Relations Since the 1970s" by Lucio Baccaro and Chris Howell (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Baccaro and Howell's important book challenges Varieties of Capitalism and argues instead that a neoliberal convergence has taken place in European industrial relations. Across Europe, employers now have much more freedom to run their businesses and “manage” their employees than they had a few decades ago. I describe the class actors and pathways to neoliberal transformation that are at the core of this book. I also draw out its political implications. I suggest that this neoliberal revolution has had several effects, including the rise of the populist right. In addition, I discuss the problem ecological constraints pose for capitalist growth models.
Keywords: Class, Convergence, Ecology, Industrial Relations, Institutions, Neoliberalism, Populism, Varieties of Capitalism
JEL Classification: J52, P16, Y300
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