Financialization, New Investment Funds, and Labour: An International Comparison

ISBN : 9780199653584

Howard Gospel; Andrew Pendleton; Sigurt Vitols
416 ページ
163 x 240 mm

The book provides a comprehensive, comparative treatment of the development of New Investment Funds (NIFs)-private equity, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds-and their impact upon labour and employment. Several countries are selected for in-depth treatment with a chapter devoted to each: US, UK, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Poland, and Japan. The book examines variations in the level and type of fund activity between countries, considers influences upon these variations, and analyses differences in the impact of these funds on labour and employment. This analysis is located in a broader discussion of the nature and development of corporate financialization and comparative capitalism. Financialization has supported the development and growth of these funds, and many aspects of these funds exemplify the process of financialization. Each chapter reports the evidence on the impact of these funds on labour and employment. Case studies conducted by the authors supplement other evidence. Much of the evidence shows that private equity funds can have adverse effects on labour, such as reductions in employment, but there is also evidence of more positive effects in some cases such as employment growth and adoption of high commitment human resource practices. There is much less evidence on the effects of activist HFs and SWFs, with the impact on labour typically being indirect. Between them, the chapters show that variations in national regulation have a significant impact on both the development of fund activities and their effects. With regard to labour effects, employment and labour regulations do not seem to be of prime importance in explaining the level of fund activity, but regulation supporting worker consultation and voice affects the capacity of labour representatives to influence the outcomes of fund activity on labour and employment.


1. Financialization, New Investment Funds, and Labour
2. Financial Intermediaries in the United States: Development and Impact on Firms and Employment Relations
3. Financialization, New Investment Funds, and Weakened Labour: The Case of the UK
4. Ambivalent finance and protected labour. Alternative investments and labour management in Australia
5. Financialization and ownership change: challenges for the German model of labour relations
6. Contested Financialization: New Investment Funds in the Netherlands
7. A Capital-Labour Accord on Financialization? The Growth and Impact of New Investment Funds in Sweden
8. An Italian Way to Private Equity ? The Rhetoric and the Reality
9. Private Equity and Labour in a Transition Economy: the Case of Poland
10. Japan: Limits to Investment Fund Activity
11. New Investment Funds and Labour Impacts: Implications for Theories of Corporate Financialization and Comparative Capitalism


Howard Gospel is Professor of Management at King's College, University of London, and an Associate Fellow, Said Business School and Centre on Skills, Knowledge, and Organisational Performance, University of Oxford. Along with Andrew Pendleton he was the joint editor of Corporate Governance and Labour Management, also published by OUP. ; Andrew Pendleton is Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of York. He has written extensively on corporate governance and employee ownership. ; Sigurt Vitols is Head of the Project Group Modes of Economic Governance at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fur Sozialforschung (WZB), Berlin, lecturer at the Free University of Berlin, and an associate researcher at the European Trade Union Institute. His research focuses on corporate governance, worker participation, financial institutions, and sustainable development.