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International Employment Policy and Labour Mobility, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr. Jo Ingold
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Week 1: Global policy and regulation I – Introduction to global challenges

 Required seminar preparation reading

Beer, M., Boselie, P. and Brewster, C. (2015) ‘Back to the future: implications for the field of HRM of the multistakeholder perspective proposed 30 years ago’, Human resource management. 54(3): 427-438.

Recommended reading

Bacchi, C. L. (2009) Analysing policy : what's the problem represented to be? Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson.

Colebatch, H.K. (2009) Policy (Third Edition), Maidenhead: OUP, especially chapter 2.

Dodds, A. (2013) Comparative public policy, Basingstoke: Palgrave, especially chapters 1 and 2

Hill, M. (2012) The Public Policy Process (Sixth Edition), Harlow: Pearson.

McCann, L. (2014) International and comparative business : foundations of political economies. London: Sage Publications.

Rubery, J. and Grimshaw, D. (2003) The organization of employment : an international perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave, Chapters 1, 2, 8 and 9.

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Week 2: Global policy and regulation II – Comparative frameworks and approaches

Required seminar preparation reading

Ciccia, R. and J. Javornik (2018). ‘Methodological Challenges for Comparative Welfare State Research: Capturing Intra-Country Variation in Cross-National Analyses’, Journal of comparative policy analysis. ISSN: 1387-6988: Research and Practice, DOI:10.1080/13876988.2018.155159

Aspalter, C. (2006). ‘The East Asian welfare model,’ International journal of social welfare. ISSN: 1369-6866, 15: 290–301

Recommended reading

Aspalter, C. (2019). ‘Welfare regime analysis: 30 years in the making,’ International social work. ISSN: 0020-8728 62(1): 76–88

Aspalter, C. (2008) ‘The Welfare State in Cross-Cultural Perspective’, International social work. ISSN: 0020-8728 51(6): 777–89

Friedman, E. (2014): Insurgency trap : labor politics in postsocialist China ISBN: 9780801470509 (e-book). Ithaca/London: Cornell University Press.

Li, M.G. (2017). ‘Shame, stigma and the take-up of social assistance: Insights from rural China,’ International journal of social welfare. ISSN: 1369-6866 6(3):230-38

Rothstein, B. and S. Steinmo (2012). Social Democracy in Crisis? What Crisis? Available at Han and Jin Huang (2019). ‘Evolution of social welfare in rural China: A developmental approach,’ International social work 62(1): 390–404

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 Week 3: Crises of labour I – Regulation of labour markets

Required  seminar preparation  reading

Chan, Jenny, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden. 2015. Interns or workers? China's Student Labor Regime. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 36, No. 1, September 7, co-published with Asian Studies, March 2015. - Available online:

Chan, J.; Pun, N.; Seldon, M. (2013) 'The politics of global production: Apple, Foxconn and China's new working class.' New technology, work and employment., 28(2):100-115 Available online:

Additional reading

Alber, J. and Standing, G. (2000) ‘Social Dumping, Catch-up or Convergence? Europe in a Comparative Global Context’. Journal of European social policy. , 10(2): 99-119. 

Andrijasevic, R. and Sacchetto, D. (2014) ‚ 'Made in the EU: Foxconn in the Czech Republic.' Working USA. The Journal of Labor and Society (17)3: 391–415 Available online: 

Bernaciak, M. (2015) Market expansion and social dumping in Europe . London: Routledge.

Bhagwati, J. (1995) ‘Trade Liberalisation and “Fair Trade” Demands: Addressing the Environmental and Labour Standards Issues’. The world economy. , 18(6): 745-759. 

Jenny Chan, Pun Ngai and Mark Selden, "Chinese Labor Protest and Trade Unions," in Richard Maxwell, ed.,Routledge The Routledge companion to labor and media, New York: Routledge, 2016, 290-302. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Frank, R. H. (2011) The Darwin economy : liberty, competition, and the common good . Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press.

Gary Gereffia, John Humphreya & Timothy Sturgeona The governance of global value chains. Review of international political economy. 12(1): 2005 78-104.

Lindstrom, N. (2008) ‘Service Liberalization in the Enlarged EU: A Race to the Bottom or the Emergence of Transnational Political Conflict? ’. Journal of Common Market Studies. , 48(5):1307-1327. 

Locke, R. M.; Rissing, B A. and Pal, T. (2013) ‘Complements or Substitutes? Private Codes, State Regulation and the Enforcement of Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains.’ British Journal of Industrial Relations. 51(3): 519–552 

Lakhani, T.; Kuruvilla, S. and Avgar, A. (2013) 'From the Firm to the Network: Global Value Chains and Employment Relations Theory.' British Journal of Industrial Relations. 51(3): 440–472. 

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Week 4: Crises of labour II – The 'Gig' Economy 

Required  seminar preparation  reading

Fudge, J. (2017) The future of the standard employment relationship: Labour law, new institutional economics and old power resource theory. Journal of Industrial Relations. 59(3), pp. 374–392.

Todolí-Signes, A. (2017) The End of the Subordinate Worker? The On-Demand Economy, the Gig Economy, and the Need for Protection for Crowdworkers. International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations 33(2), pp. 241–268.

 Additional reading

Adams, Z. and Deakin, S. (2014) Institutional Solutions to Precariousness and Inequality in Labour Markets. British Journal of Industrial Relations. 54(2):779-809.

Cherry, M.A. (2016) Beyond misclassification: the digital transformation of work. Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal ISSN: 1095-665437: 577.

Cherry, M. and Aloisi, A. (2017) Dependent contractors in the ‘gig economy’: a comparative approach. American Law Review ISSN: 0003-145366(3): 635-689.

Davidov, G. (2014) Setting labour law’s coverage: Between universalism and selectivity. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. ISSN: 0143-6503 34(3): 543-566.

Das Acevedo, D. (2016) Regulating employment relationships in the sharing economy. Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, 20(1):1-36.

Deakin, S. (2007) Does the Personal Employment Contract Provide a Basis for the Reunification of Employment Law? Industrial Law Journal. ISSN: 0305-9332. 36(1): 68-83.

Fudge, J. (2011) Labour as a 'fictive commodity': Radically reconceptualising labour law. In Davidov, G. and Langille, B. (eds) The idea of labour lawOxford: Oxford University Press. 

Hatzopoulos, V. and Roma, S. (2017) 'Caring for sharing? The collaborative economy under EU law' Common Market Law Review54(1): 81–127.

Hepple, B. (2005) Labour laws and global trade. Oxford: Hart. 

McGaughey, E. (2018) Taylorooism: when network technology meets corporate power. Industrial Relations Journal49:5-6: 459-472

Prassl, J. (2018) Humans as a service: the promise and perils of work in the gig economy. Oxford: Oxford university press.

ISSN: 1095-6654

Prassl, J. and Risak, M. (2016) “Uber, Taskrabbit, & Co: Platforms as Employers? Rethinking the Legal Analysis of Crowdwork”, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal37(3): 619-652

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Week 5: Crises of labour III – Active labour market policies

Required  seminar preparation  reading

Bonoli, G. (2010) ‘The political economy of active labour-market policy’, Politics and society., 38(4): 435– 457

van Berkel, R. Ingold, J. McGurk, P., Bredgaard, T. and Boselie, P. (2017) ‘An introduction to employer engagement in the field of HRM. Blending social policy and HRM research in promoting vulnerable groups’ labour market participation’, Human resource management journal. ISSN: 0954-5395 Special Issue: Employer engagement, 27(4): 503-513.

Recommended reading

Borghi, V. & Van Berkel, R. (2007) Individualised service provision in an era of activation and new governance, The international journal of sociology and social policy. , 27(9/10):413-424.

Daly, M. (2011) ‘What adult worker model? A critical look at recent social policy reform in Europe from a gender and family perspective, Social politics. , 18(1):1-23

Dingeldey, I. (2007) Between workfare and enablement – the different paths to transformation of the welfare state: A comparative analysis of activating labour market policies. European journal of political research. , 46:823–851

Etherington, D. and Ingold, J (2012) ‘Welfare to work and the inclusive labour market: A comparative study of activation policies for sickness benefit claimants in the UK and Denmark, Journal of European social policy. , 22(1), 30-44.

Ingold, J. and Etherington, D. (2013) ‘Work, welfare and gender inequalities: an analysis of activation strategies for partnered women in the UK, Australia and Denmark’, Work, employment and society. 27(4): 621-638.

McQuaid, R. and Lindsay, C. (2005) ‘The concept of employability’, Urban studies. , 42(2): 197-219. 

Peck, J. and Theodore, N. (2000) ‘‘’Work first’: workfare and the regulation of contingent labour markets’, Cambridge journal of economics. , 24: 119–138.

Additional reading

Lødemel, I. & Trickey, H. (Eds.) (2001) An offer you can’t refuse: workfare in international perspective , Bristol, Policy Press.

Peck, J. and Theodore, N. (2000) ‘‘’Work first’: workfare and the regulation of contingent labour markets’, Cambridge journal of economics., 24: 119–138.

Van Berkel, R. & Valkenburg, B. (Eds.) Making it personal [electronic resource] : individualising activation services in the EU . Bristol, Policy Press. 

Xu, F (2013) Looking for work in post-socialist China : governance, active job seekers and the Chinese labor market ISBN: 9780415559683 (hbk.) : £80.00; 0415559685 (hbk.) : £80.00, Oxford: Routledge.

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Week 6: Crises of labour IV – Balancing the labour market? Older and younger workers

Required seminar preparation reading

Duncan, C. (2003). ‘Assessing anti-ageism routes to older worker re-engagement,’ Work, employment and society. ISSN: 0950-0170, 17(1): 101-120.


Irving, P. (2018). ‘The aging workforce,’ Harvard business review. ISSN: 0017-8012, November


Fry, R and K. Parker (2018). ‘Early Benchmarks Show ‘Post-Millennials’ on Track to Be Most Diverse, Best-Educated Generation Yet. A demographic portrait of today’s 6- to 21-year-olds,’ Pew Research Center: 

Recommended reading

McTier, A. and McGregor, A. (2017) Influence of work–welfare cycling and labour market segmentation on employment histories of young long-term unemployed’, Work, employment and society. ISSN: 0950-0170 DOI: 10.1177/0950017017697857

Riach, K. (2006) ‘Older Workers: Learning from Three International Experiences’. Social policy and society : a journal of the Social Policy Association., 5, 4, 551-563.

Snape, E. and Redman, T. (2003) Too old or too young? The impact of perceived age discrimination, Human resource management journal. 13(1):78–89.

Muller-Carment, M. et al. (2011) ‘National institutions and employers’ age management practices in Britain and Germany: ‘Path dependence’ and option exploration.’ Human relations., 64, 4, 507-530.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2006) Live Longer, Work Longer. Paris: OECD Publishing, especially ch, 2 ‘Working after 50’ and ch. 3 ‘Work Disincentives and barriers to employment’, pp. 27 – 84.

Additional Readings

Understanding the EU policy on youth employment/unemployment:

Youth employment/unemployment in OECD countries in numbers:

Breen, R. (2005) “Explaining Cross-national Variation in Youth Unemployment Market and Institutional Factors.” European sociological review., 21 (2): 125-134.

Flynn, M. et al. (2012) ‘Trade union responses to ageing workforces in the UK and Germany.' Human relations. 66 (1) 45-64

Phillipson, C. and Smith, A. (2005) Extending working life : a review of the research literature. Department for Work and Pensions Research Report No 299, Leeds: Corporate Document Services, ch. 3, ‘Extending working life: what does the research tell us and what is missing? ’61-73. - Available online:

Zaidi, A.,Makovec, M. and Fuchs, M. (2006) Transition from work to retirement in EU25. CASEpaper 112, London: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics Available online: 

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Week 7: Labour mobility I - Migratory destinations and channels: the diversification of international migration flows

Required seminar preparation reading

Xian, B. and Lindquist, J. (2014) 'Migration infrastructure', International migration review, 48(1): 122-148

Forde, C., MacKenzie, R., Ciupijus, Z. and Alberti, G. (2015) ‘Understanding the connection between temporary employment agencies and migration’, International journal of comparative labour law and industrial relations, 31(4): 357-370

Recommended reading

Findlay, A. and li, F. (1998) 'A migration channels approach to the study of professionals moving to and from Hing Kong', International migration review, 32(3): 682-703

Broek, D., Harvey, W. and Groutsis, D. (2016) 'Commercial migration intermediaries and the segmentation of skilled migrant employment', Work, employment and society, 30(3): 523-534

McCollum, D. and Findlay, A. (2018) 'Oiling the wheels? Flexible labour markets and the migration industry', Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 44(4): 558-574

Salt, J. and Stein, J. (1997) 'Migration as a business: the case of trafficing', International migration, 35(4): 467-494

Sporton, D. (2013) ‘They control my life’: the role of local recruitment agencies in East European migration to the UK’, Population, space and place, 19(5): 443-458

Garapich, M. (2008) ‘The migration industry and civil society: Polish immigrants in the United Kingdom before and after EU enlargement’, Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 34(5): 735-752

Beech, S. (2018) 'Adapting to changes in the higher education sector: international student mobility as a migration industry', Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 44(4): 610-625

Yee Koh, S. and Wisink, B. (2018) 'Enabling, structuring and creating elite transnational lifestyles: intermediaries of the super-rich and the elite mobilities industry', Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 44(4): 592-609

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Week 8: Labour mobility II - Regulation of labour mobility

 Required seminar preparation  reading

Lillie, N., Çaro, E., Berntsen, L., & Wagner, I. (2013). Migration and human resource management. Chapter 11. In: Martinez Lucio, M. (Ed.). (2013). International human resource management : an employment relations perspective. Sage. p. 220.

McDowell, L., Batnitzky, A., & Dyer, S. (2008). Internationalization and the spaces of temporary labour: The global assembly of a local workforce. British Journal of Industrial Relations., 46(4), 750-770

Recommended reading

Alberti, G. (2014) Mobility strategies, ‘mobility differentials’ and ‘transnational exit’: the experiences of precarious migrants in London’s hospitality jobs, Work, employment and society. , 1-17

Anderson, B., & Ruhs, M. (2010). Migrant workers: who needs them? : a framework for the analysis of staff shortages, immigration, and public policy. In: Anderson, B. and Ruhs, Who needs migrant workers? Labour shortages, immigration, and public policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at:

Anderson B (2010) Migration, immigration controls and the fashioning of precarious workers work. Work, Employment and Society 24(2): 300-17.

Misra, J., Woodring, J., & Merz, S. N. (2006). The globalization of care work: Neoliberal economic restructuring and migration policy. Globalization, 3 (3), 317-332 - Available online:

OECD (2013), International Migration Outlook [electronic resource] ISSN: 1999-124X 2013, Chapter 1 “Recent developments in international migration movements and policies” (pp.16-55). OECD Publishing. Available at:

Pun, N., & Chan, J. (2013). The spatial politics of labor in China: Life, labor, and a new generation of migrant workers. South Atlantic Quarterly, 112 (1), 179-190. - Available online:

Thompson, P., Newsome K. and Joanna Commander ‘Good when they want to be’: migrant workers in the supermarket supply chain, Human resource management journal. Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 129–143, April 2013

Zhang, M., Nyland, C., & Zhu, C. J. (2010). Hukou-based HRM in contemporary China: the case of Jiangsu and Shanghai. Asia Pacific Business Review, 16(3), 377-393.

Additional reading

Cyrus, N. (2012) Being illegal in Europe: Strategies and policies for fairer treatment of migrant domestic workers. In H. Lutz, H. (Ed.). Migration and domestic work : a European perspective on a global theme. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 177-195

Kalayaan Justice for Migrant Domestic Workers (2014) Still enslaved: The migrant domestic workers who are trapped by the immigration rules April 2014. Available at

Kofman, E. et al. (2000) European Migratory regimes. In: E. Kofman; Phizacklea, A., Raghuram, P., & Sales, Gender and international migration in Europe : employment, welfare, and politics , Routledge

Lucas R and Mansfield S (2010) The use of migrant labour in the hospitality sector: current and future implications. In: Ruhs M, Anderson B (eds) Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 159-86.

Rodriguez, J. K., & Mearns, L. (2012). Problematising the interplay between employment relations, migration and mobility. Employee relations. , 34(6), 580-593.

Rodriguez, M (2010) Migrants for export : how the Philippine state brokers labor to the world . Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press.

Xiang, B. (2007). Global "body shopping" : an Indian labor system in the information technology industry . Princeton University Press.

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Week 9: Policy as ‘translation’ I - From policy transfer to ‘policy as translation’

Required  seminar preparation  reading

Van Gestel, N. and Nyberg, D. (2009) ‘Translating national policy changes into local HRM practices’, Personnel review. 38(5): 544-559.

Ingold, J. and Monaghan, M. (2016) ‘Evidence translation: an exploration of policymakers’ use of evidence’, Policy and politics. 44(2): 171-190.

Recommended reading

Dodds, A. (2013) Comparative public policy , Basingstoke: Palgrave, especially chapter 11.

Dolowitz, D. and Marsh, D. (1996) ‘Who learns what from whom: a review of the policy transfer literature’, Political studies. , XLIV: 343-357

Dwyer, P. and Ellison, N. (2009) ‘”We nicked stuff from all over the place”: policy transfer or muddling through? ’ Policy and politics., 37(3):389-407.

Freeman, R. (2009) ‘What is translation? ’, Evidence & policy. 5 (4): 429-47.

Kwon, H.-J. (2009) ‘Policy learning and transfer: The experience of the developmental state in East Asia’, Policy and politics. , 37 (3), 409–21

Lendvai, N. and Stubbs, P. (2007) Policies as translation: situating transnational social policies, in Hodgson, S. M. and Irving, Z. (Eds.) Policy reconsidered : meanings, politics and practices .

Lendvai, N. and Bainton, D. (2012) ‘Translation: Towards a critical comparative social policy agenda’ in Kennett, P. A handbook of comparative social policy (second edition), Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Additional reading

Benson, D. and Jordan, A. (2011) ‘What have we learned from policy transfer research? Dolowitz and Marsh revisited, Political studies review. 9: 366-378

Daguerre, A. & Taylor-Gooby, P. (2004) Neglecting Europe: explaining the predominance of American ideas in New Labour's welfare policies since 1997, Journal of European social policy. 14(1):25-39.

Stone, D. (1999) Learning lessons and transferring policy across time, space and disciplines. Politics. 19(1):51-59.

Stone, D. (2012) ‘Transfer and translation of policy’, Policy studies. 33(6): 483-499.

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Week 10: Policy as ‘translation’ II – Reflections on the research and policy interface

 No required seminar preparation reading this week

Recommended reading

Dodds, A. (2013) Comparative public policy , Basingstoke: Palgrave, chapter 14

Dolowitz, D. P. (2003) ‘A Policy-Maker’s Guide to Policy Transfer’, The political quarterly. , 74 (1), 101–9.

Downe, J, Martin, S, Bovaird, T. (2012) ‘Learning from complex policy evaluations, Policy and politics. 40(4) 505–23.

Ettelt, S, Mays, N, Nolte, E (2012) ‘Policy learning from abroad: Why it is more difficult than it seems, Policy & Politics 40(4):491–504.

HM Treasury The Magenta Book guidance for evaluation

Newman, J. (2011) 'Boundary troubles: working the academic-policy interface, Policy & Politics 39 (4) 473-484.

Nutley, S. M., Walter, I. and Davies, H. T. O. (2007) Using evidence: how research can inform public services , Bristol: Policy Press.

Sanderson, I. (2009) Intelligent policy making for a complex world: pragmatism, evidence and learning, Political studies. 57(4): 699–719.

This list was last updated on 17/03/2019