While globalization has led to what can, with reference to Karl Polanyi, be referred to as a disembedding of the labour market from its nationally segmented settings, recent decades bring about a development identifiable as a countermovement. As the text shows, drawing on the example of European Works Councils and International Framework Agreements, this process of re-embedding takes place through a network of different measures of labour regulation. It is for this reason that establishing a relational perspective on crossborder phenomena in the field of labour relations can count as a central future aim in this strand of research.
Article first published in Global Labour Journal, Vol. 4, n. 1, 2013, p. 26-47. Reprinted with permission.