National Labour Relations in Internationalized Markets: A Comparative Study of Institutions, Change…

Hardcover | January 1, 2001

byFranz Traxler, Sabine Blaschke, Bernhard Kittel

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The regulation of the labour market by industrial-relations institutions has been an important theme in sociology, political science, economics, and jurisprudence. What has particularly attracted attention from a comparative perspective is the astonishing variety of national labour-relationsinstitutions. This variety, when confronted with persistent economic internationalization raises two main questions. First, does internationalization impose pressures for change and, more specifically, for convergence on institutions? If such pressures are at work, is there a superior model the national systems are converging on? Second, under economic internationalization, cross-national differences in national arrangements may have an increasing impact on national economic performance. Hence the question is whether national labour-relations systems perform differently, and to what extent their performance has changed overtime due to shifting circumstances. This book investigates these questions on the basis of a cross-national comparison, including comparable data from twenty OECD countries.

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The regulation of the labour market by industrial-relations institutions has been an important theme in sociology, political science, economics, and jurisprudence. What has particularly attracted attention from a comparative perspective is the astonishing variety of national labour-relationsinstitutions. This variety, when confronted w...

Franz Traxler is Professor of Industrial Sociology at the Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna where he has been since 1992. From 1993 to 1997 he was also the President of the Austrian Sociological Association and Consultant of the OECD, Paris, and the ILO, Geneva. Previous academic positions have included Senior Lecturer of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198295545

ISBN - 13:9780198295549

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Part One: The Theoretical and Methodological Framework of Analysis1. Theoretical Perspectives on Internationalization, Performance, and Institutions2. Concepts and Hypotheses3. Measurement, Data, and Statistical AnalysisPart Two: The Organization of Interests: Patterns and Dynamics4. Concepts and Hypotheses5. Representational Domains6. Associational Centralization7. Associational PowerPart Three: Wage Regulation and Bargaining8. Concepts and Hypotheses9. The Levels of Bargaining10. Macroeconomic Wage Coordination11. The Role of the State12. The Coverage of Collective BargainingPart Four: Labour Relations and Economic Performance13. Concepts and Hypotheses14. The Organization of Interests15. Wage Regulation16. Labour Relations and their Interaction with Economic Policy17. Performance and Labour Relations: Hypotheses and Evidence RevisitedPart Five: Instead of Convergence: Neoliberalism and Lean Corporatism as Alternatives18. Internationalization, Performance, and the Prevalence of Path Dependency19. Collective Action and Bargaining in Internationalized Markets20. Coordination, Institutions, and Performance21. The Metamorphoses of Labour Relations

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`This research volume constitutes the most encompassing, comparative empirical study on a strictly quantitive base that is available on the rapidly growing market of comparative industrial relations ans political economy. It is a must not only for the community of scholars with strictlycomparative interests but for everybody in these broad fields of interests.'BJIR