Cultural Determinants of Workplace Arbitration in the U.S. and Italy
49 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2014
Date Written: August 1, 2014
Although Italy and the United States are both advanced industrial economies, the law and practice of workplace arbitration differs significantly in the two countries. This article explores those variations and analyzes the reasons that arbitration has evolved dissimilarly. The article concludes that historical and cultural differences in legal systems and labor and employment relations are explanatory forces. While the U.S. could provide a more balanced system of arbitration by learning from the Italian system’s greater protection of workers, given the current reality neither system seems likely to undergo significant change in the near future.
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