How Does Market Making Affect Industrial Relations? Evidence from Eight German Hospitals

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Ian Greer

University of Greenwich

Thorsten Schulten

Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung

Nils Böhlke

Landtagsfraktion Nordrhein-Westfalen

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

The introduction of market mechanisms matters for industrial relations. In the German hospital sector, national liberalization policies have put immense pressure on local management and worker representatives and led to the growth of a low‐wage sector. In case studies of eight hospitals, we find some locales where market making has led to union revitalization and mobilization, but this effect varies. Using an eight‐way comparison, we infer a configuration of three aspects of the local political economy — labour markets, politics and co‐determination rules — that together provide a well‐fitting explanation for both variation and change.

Suggested Citation

Greer, Ian and Schulten, Thorsten and Böhlke, Nils, How Does Market Making Affect Industrial Relations? Evidence from Eight German Hospitals (June 2013). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 215-239, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2267665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00885.x

Ian Greer

University of Greenwich ( email )

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Thorsten Schulten

Hans-Boeckler-Stiftung

Straße 39
Düsseldorf, 40476
Germany

Nils Böhlke

Landtagsfraktion Nordrhein-Westfalen ( email )

Platz des Landtags 1
North Rhine-Westphalia
Dusseldorf
Germany

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