The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation: Transitions between States and Their Determinants: A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Great Britain

28 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2013

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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)

André Pahnke

Institut für Mittelstandsforschung

Lutz Bellmann

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

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Date Written: May 2013

Abstract

The institutions of collective bargaining and worker representation are eroding in many nations, not least in Germany and Britain. This is the first article to explore transitions into and out of these arrangements. Using successive waves of the German IAB Establishment Panel and both cross‐sectional and panel components of the British Workplace Employment Relations Survey for the period 1998–2004, we find industrial relations are in flux, with many workplaces switching into and out of collective bargaining and other agencies of worker representation, respectively, works councils in Germany and joint consultative committees in Britain. Yet although there are some commonalities in behaviour, the driving forces behind the decline in collective bargaining differ markedly in the two countries.

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Bryson, Alex and Teixeira, Paulino and Pahnke, André 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 (May 2013). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 60, Issue 2, pp. 182-209, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2228547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12007

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