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Workplace Regulation in Europe and the Americas

Andrew Schrank
Olive C. Watson Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs
Brown University

What explains the division of labor in the public sector, in general, and the division of regulatory labor, in particular? I address the question by comparing labor and employment law enforcement in the Anglo-­‐‑Saxon world, to that in the Franco-­‐‑Iberian world. In the former, the principles of one inspector(ate) per regulation and task specialization prevail, where one inspector(ate) per enterprise and task integration prevail in the latter. I argue the Anglo-­‐‑Saxon model is a product of mid-­‐‑twentieth century Fordism and the Franco-­‐‑Iperian model is better-­‐‑suited to the contemporary post-­‐‑Fordist world, and elaborate the foundation of my argument in the talk. The results are potentially profound, for they suggest that the alleged affinity between industrialization and specialization has been rendered anachronistic in the regulatory as well as the productive sphere, and that more holistic approaches are therefore in order not only in the regulation of the labor market but in the regulation of decentralized economic activity more generally.

Andrew Schrank will be available to meet with graduate students and faculty from 1:30PM to 2:30PM in Watkins 1206.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society and the Departments of Political Science and Sociology

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