Understanding the Role of Institutions in Industrial Relations: Perspectives from Classical Sociological Theory

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Gregory Jackson

Freie Universität Berlin

Tim Marcel Muellenborn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

Theories of industrial relations have called for a stronger integration of the economic and social. Whereas economists have studied economic functions of institutions, neo‐institutional approaches in sociology have strongly rejected economic explanation in favor of seeing institutions as taken‐for‐granted cognitive assumptions. To further dialogue among these perspectives, this study reconstructs the concept of institutions in the classical sociological theory of Durkheim and Weber. Both classical perspectives place the dynamic tensions between the economic and social at the center of their theories, but develop these in distinct ways. The study illustrates the potential and limits of these four theoretical perspectives on institutions with regard to the empirical case of codetermination in Germany.

Suggested Citation

Jackson, Gregory and Muellenborn, Tim Marcel, Understanding the Role of Institutions in Industrial Relations: Perspectives from Classical Sociological Theory (April 2012). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 51, pp. 472-500, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045378 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00687.x

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Tim Marcel Muellenborn

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