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The Micro-Foundations of Employment Systems: An Empirical Case Study of Britain and France

Amossee, T., Bryson, A., Forth, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7963-2817 & Petit, H. (2024). The Micro-Foundations of Employment Systems: An Empirical Case Study of Britain and France. British Journal of Industrial Relations: an international journal of employment relations, doi: 10.1111/bjir.12812


Building on existing studies of national employment systems, we undertake a comparative analysis of the micro-foundations of employment relations in Britain and France. Our analysis utilises harmonised, linked employer-employee survey data for the two countries and takes a multi-dimensional approach in which the national level remains meaningful but within-country variance is also emphasised. Our analysis contrasts the British model characterised by variability and heterogeneity with a French model characterised by stability and uniformity. We discuss ways in which these systems are shaped by differences in employer and employee networks, the financial and organisational links between firms, and macro-institutions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © 2024 The Authors. British Journal of Industrial Relations published by JohnWiley & Sons Ltd.
Publisher Keywords: employment relations, survey, national models, employment regimes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Departments: Bayes Business School
Bayes Business School > Management
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