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The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation: Transitions between States and their Determinants. A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Great Britain

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  • Addison, John T.

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    (University of South Carolina)

  • Bryson, Alex

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    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR))

  • Teixeira, Paulino

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    (University of Coimbra)

  • Pahnke, André

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    (IfM Bonn)

  • Bellmann, Lutz

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    (Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg)

Abstract

Industrial relations are in flux in many nations, perhaps most notably in Germany and the Britain. That said, comparatively little is known in any detail of the changing pattern of the institutions of collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany and still less in both countries about firm transitions between these institutions over time. The present paper maps changes in the importance of the key institutions, 1998-2004, and explores the correlates of two-way transitions, using successive waves of the German IAB Establishment Panel and both cross-sectional and panel components of the British Workplace Employment Relations Survey. We identify the workplace correlates of the demise of collective bargaining in Britain and the erosion of sectoral bargaining in Germany, and identify the respective roles of behavioral and compositional change.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4502.

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Length: 91 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2009
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Keywords: changes in collective bargaining/worker representation states; union recognition; works councils; joint consultative committees; bargaining transitions and their determinants; union coverage; sectoral and firm-level collective bargaining;

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