The Local in the Global: Regions, Employment Systems and Multinationals
This article examines how the international competition to attract and retain foreign direct investment shapes the governance of business and employment systems. Through an examination of global production networks and the changing role of the state in economic governance, it highlights the sub-national regional space as an important level of institutional adaptation. Specifically, it explores how regions organise themselves to compete for inward investment, and the potential role of industrial relations actors within this. It argues that both research into multinational companies, and of the governance of employment systems more generally, need to incorporate an analysis of regional competition for productive investment more fully into their analysis.
Citation:Almond, P. et al. (2016) The Local in the Global: Regions, Employment Systems and Multinationals. Industrial Relations Journal, 48 (2), pp. 115-132