The work reported here was carried out at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, and supported by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council's World Finance and Economy Programme. We are grateful to the ESRC for its support; to John Armour, Sonja Fagernäs, Prabirjit Sarkar and Ajit Singh for comments on earlier drafts; and to Philip Fellows, Viviana Mollica and Rose Alice Murphy for their research assistance.
The evolution of labour law: Calibrating and comparing regulatory regimes
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2008
International Labour Review
Volume 146, Issue 3-4, pages 133–162, September-December 2007
How to Cite
DEAKIN, S., LELE, P. and SIEMS, M. (2007), The evolution of labour law: Calibrating and comparing regulatory regimes. International Labour Review, 146: 133–162. doi: 10.1111/j.1564-913X.2007.00011.x
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- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2008
- labour law;
- law reform;
- legal system;
- legal theory;
- United Kingdom;
- United States
Using a newly-created data set which measures legal change over time, the authors present evidence on the evolution of labour law in France, Germany, India, the United Kingdom and the United States. Their analysis casts light on the claim that “legal origin” affects the content of labour law regimes. While some divergence between common law and civil law countries is found at the aggregate level, a more complex picture emerges from consideration of specific areas of labour law. The authors discuss the potential significance of this relatively new measurement-based approach to understanding the forces that shape the evolution of labour law.