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Title: The local in the global: regions, employment systems and multinationals
Authors: Almond, Phil
Gonzalez, Maria C.
Lavelle, Jonathan
Murray, Gregor
First Published: 20-Jun-2017
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Industrial Relations Journal, 2017, 48 (2), pp. 115-132 (18)
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1111/irj.12150
ISSN: 0019-8692
eISSN: 1468-2338
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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