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The comparative evolution of the employment relationship

Simon Deakin

Working Papers from Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge

Abstract: It is widely believed that the legal institution of the contract of employment is currently undergoing a conceptual crisis as a result of changes in labour markets, the organisation of production, and the form of the enterprise. A historical and comparative perspective, however, indicates that conceptual crises of this kind are nothing new, and have occurred periodically in the systems of western Europe since the industrial revolution. The employment form serves important functions in a market economy even in an era of deregulation and liberalization, and is unlikely to be replaced by a radically new model in the near future.

Keywords: labour law; contract; employment relationship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J28 K31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-his and nep-law
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