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The Idea of Labour Law$
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Guy Davidov and Brian Langille

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693610

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693610.001.0001

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Factors Influencing the Making and Transformation of Labour Law in Europe

Factors Influencing the Making and Transformation of Labour Law in Europe

(p.30) 2 Factors Influencing the Making and Transformation of Labour Law in Europe
The Idea of Labour Law

Bob Hepple

Oxford University Press

The starting point of the work of the European Comparative Labour Law Group, which is outlined in this chapter, is that labour legislation is part of an historical process and the outcome of struggle between different social groups and of competing ideologies. A number of indicators are used to demonstrate path departures, or transformations, in labour law. The main factors are economic developments and policies, the changing nature of the state, the character if employers and labour movements, the growing influence of civil society, and shifts in ideology. Two underlying socio-economic factors bring into question the very survival of current labour law systems of regulated capitalism in Europe: the pace of technological change and the crisis of the banking system which makes it increasingly difficult to finance long-term corporate investment and the development of human resources, so reducing Europe's competitive advantages in global markets.

Keywords:   european labour law, history of labour law, labour law and society, comparative law

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