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Die Bestimmungsgruende der (Re-)Sektoralisierung der industriellen Beziehungen in der Europaeischen Union (The Determinants of (Re-)Sectoralization of Industrial Relations in the European Union)


  • Barbara Bechter
  • Bernd Brandl
  • Guglielmo Meardi


Diese Arbeit beschaeftigt sich mit der Frage, weshalb die industriellen Beziehungen in einigen Sektoren durch einen hohen Grad an transnationaler Homogenitaet charakterisiert sind, waehrenddessen andere Sektoren sich in ihren industriellen Beziehungen ueber Laendergrenzen hinweg stark unterscheiden. Basierend auf der Theorie einer Transformation der industriellen Beziehungen entlang veraenderter Marktbedingungen wird in dieser Arbeit die Hypothese untersucht, dass das Ausmass der sektoralen Internationalisierung transnational homogene sektorale Systeme der industriellen Beziehungen bedingt. Auf Grundlage einer empirischen Untersuchung von neun Sektoren in allen Mitgliedslaendern der Europaeischen Union kann diese Hypothese bestaetigt werden. Die Ergebnisse der Arbeit erlauben die Schlussfolgerung, dass eine transnationale Konvergenz in den industriellen Beziehungen sektorspezifisch ist und dass Arbeiten im Bereich der laendervergleichenden industriellen Beziehungen verstaerkt der sektoralen Ebene Beachtung schenken muessen. (The article addresses the research question of why in some sectors industrial relations display strong cross-national similarities across the European Union, while in other sectors they do not. In line with classic interpretations of the development of industrial relations systems, it tests the hypothesis that a sector’s economic internationalisation leads to internationally more similar industrial relations, in comparison to sectors where product and labour markets are mainly national. An analysis of industrial relations characteristics in 9 sectors in all member states of the European Union confirms the hypothesis. The article concludes that transnational convergence in industrial relations is sector specific and therefore comparative industrial relations studies require a renewed focus on the sector level.)

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  • Barbara Bechter & Bernd Brandl & Guglielmo Meardi, 2011. "Die Bestimmungsgruende der (Re-)Sektoralisierung der industriellen Beziehungen in der Europaeischen Union (The Determinants of (Re-)Sectoralization of Industrial Relations in the European Union)," Industrielle Beziehungen - Zeitschrift fuer Arbeit, Organisation und Management - The German Journal of Industrial Relations, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 18(3), pages 143-166.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:indbez:doi_10.1688/1862-0035_indb_2011_03_bechter

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    comparative industrial relations; sector and country variation; internationalization; European Union;

    JEL classification:

    • J50 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - General
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification


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