Globalization and Industrial Relations

The Pharmaceutical Industry in Germany and the United Kingdom

Edited by Luitpold Rampeltshammer

This book fills a desideratum of social science research: Based on a thorough theoretical reflection and a broad empirical analysis the differing impacts of globalization processes on the industrial relations in the ethical pharmaceutical industry in the UK and Germany are presented and avaluated. Different dimensions of economic globalisation processes are eloborated, their respective influences on industrial relations are discussed. In conclusion, different developmental paths are presented and their validity evaluated. In contrast to the dominating hypotheses of convergence and divergence of industrial relations a differentiated prognosis is proposed.