Theories and Concepts in Comparative Industrial Relations is a pioneering undertaking and perhaps the first collaborative enterprise of its kind. A collection of papers dealing with comparative industrial relations theory, all of the papers included except one were presented during the International Industrial Relations Association meetings in Hamburg in 1986. Written from an interdisciplinary standpoint by internationally known scholars and authorities on industrial relations, the essays are arranged in four categories: an introductory essay; national case studies; general theories and concepts; and industrial relations in theory and practice.
Jack Barbash is a retired professor of labor education, economics and industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the winter months, he serves as a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management.
Kate Barbash is a researcher, editor and archivist in the field of labor. She has co-authored Unions and Telephones, Trade Unions and National Economic Policy, and Collective Bargaining in a Changing World.