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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John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Alex Bryson

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

Paulino Teixeira

Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Economia; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Andre Pahnke

Government of the Federal Republic of Germany - Institute for Employment Research (IAB)

Lutz Bellmann

Institute for Employment Research (IAB); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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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.

Keywords: union recognition, union coverage, sectoral and firm-level collective bargaining, works councils, joint consultative committees, changes in collective bargaining/worker representation states, bargaining transitions and their determinants

JEL Classification: J50, J53

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Bryson, Alex and Teixeira, Paulino and Pahnke, Andre and Bellmann, Lutz, The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation: Transitions between States and Their Determinants - A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Great Britain. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4502. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1497708

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