Social regulation and diversity management: A comparative study of France, Canada and the UK

Alain Klarsfeld*, Eddy Ng, Ahu Tatli

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Abstract

Much of the diversity management debate is trapped in a binary opposition between regulation and voluntarism. We argue for an evidence-based approach and illustrate this by offering a context-sensitive overview of workforce diversity debate and practice in three countries: France, Canada and the UK. We use Reynaud's social regulation theory in order to challenge the assumption that there is a clear separation between regulation and voluntarism. The article unpacks the complexities and ambivalences of regulation of workforce diversity, which is generated by multiple influences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-327
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diversity management
  • regulation of workforce diversity
  • social regulation

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