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Labour Unions, business co-ordination and economic adjustment in Western Europe, 1980-90

  • Hancké, Bob
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    This paper discusses the development of labour relations during the 1980s in Western Europe. It argues that a proper understanding of the different trajectories indifferent countries cannot be understood by taking into account either state policies or employers preferences alone. Through their local sections, labour unions are ableto impose costs on employers when these want to reorganise firms in order to adapt to changing markets exigencies. Adjustment therefore is conditioned by the organisation of employers in the economy, and of unions in the firm. The paper combines these two dimensions, and discusses their impact upon patterns of adjustment in labour relations during the 1980s in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, theUK, France and the Netherlands

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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 96-309.

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    Date of creation: 1996
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzbece:fsi96309
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    1. Glyn, A, 1997. "Does Aggregate Profitability Really Matter?," Papers 17, Centre for Economic Performance & Institute of Economics.
    2. Hohenberg, Paul M., 1977. "Political Strategies for Industrial Order: State, Market, and Industry in France. By John Zysman. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1977. Pp. ix, 230. $12.75," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 37(04), pages 1104-1105, December.
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