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Institutional transfer: industrial relations in eastern Germany


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  • Hyman, Richard
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    Can industrial relations be successfully transferred between countries. Thispaper reviews experience in eastern Germany since unification in 1990. Theevidence is that the close integration in western Germany between the twoelements of the ‘dual system’ of interest representation — trade unions andworks councils — has not been replicated in the east. Hence the formalidentity of institutions does not prevent substantial differences in theirfunctioning. This may be explained both in terms of the adverse economiccircumstances in the east since unification, and of the distinctive socio-cultural inheritance of the former system. -- Kann ein System industrieller Beziehungen erfolgreich von einem Land in einanderes übertragen werden. In dem Papier wird der entsprechende Prozeß in Ostdeutschland seit der Vereinigung untersucht. Dabei wird offenkundig,daß der enge Zusammenhang des Doppel-Systems der Arbeitnehmervertretung im Westen Deutschlands - Gewerkschaften und Betriebsräte - sich im Osten nicht wiederholt hat. Ganz im Gegenteil: Dieformale Gleichheit dieser institutionellen Regelungen steht substantiellen Unterschieden in der Umsetzung nicht entgegen. Dies kann sowohl durch diekritischen wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen als auch durch die starke soziokulturelle Prägung aus DDR-Zeiten erklärt werden.

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    Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economic Change and Employment with number FS I 96-305.

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    Date of creation: 1996
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    1. Carlin, Wendy & Richthofen, Peter, 1995. "Finance, economic development and the transition: the East German case," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economic Change and Employment FS I 95-301, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
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    1. Jan Druker & Richard Croucher, 2000. "National collective bargaining and employment flexibility in the European building and civil engineering industries," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(6), pages 699-709, December.
    2. Uwe Jirjahn & Jens Mohrenweiser & Uschi Backes-Gellner, 2009. "Works Councils and Learning: On the Dynamic Dimension of Codetermination," Working Papers, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) 0116, University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU), revised Nov 2010.
    3. Jirjahn, Uwe & Mohrenweiser, Jens, 2013. "Active owners and the failure of newly adopted works councils," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 13-080, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    4. Uwe Jirjahn & Vanessa Lange, 2011. "Reciprocity and Workers' Tastes for Representation," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 402, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).


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