Deutsche Gründlichkeit: Liberalization and Local Industrial Relations in German Hospitals

CERIC Working paper No. 9

28 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2011

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Ian Greer

University of Greenwich

Thorsten Schulten

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nils Böhlke

Landtagsfraktion Nordrhein-Westfalen

Date Written: February 28, 2010

Abstract

How does the creation of markets affect the processes and outcomes of industrial relations? This paper examines German hospitals, where national liberalization policies have put immense pressure on wages, especially at the bottom of the labour market. We find that the effect of intensified competition on labour-management relations varies between locales, and there are some cases of mobilization and union revitalization. From an eight-way case comparison, we infer a configuration of three factors – local labour markets, local politics, and sector-specific co-determination rules – that together provide a well fitting explanation for both variation and change.

JEL Classification: L12, J51

Suggested Citation

Greer, Ian and Schulten, Thorsten and Böhlke, Nils, Deutsche Gründlichkeit: Liberalization and Local Industrial Relations in German Hospitals (February 28, 2010). CERIC Working paper No. 9, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1819369 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1819369

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Thorsten Schulten

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nils Böhlke

Landtagsfraktion Nordrhein-Westfalen ( email )

Platz des Landtags 1
North Rhine-Westphalia
Dusseldorf
Germany

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