The Legalization of the Workplace

American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 99, No. 4. (January 1994), pp. 944-971

29 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2014

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John R. Sutton

University of California-Santa Barbara

W. Richard Scott

Stanford University

Frank Dobbin

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

This study uses longitudinal data on nearly 300 American employers over the period 1955-85 to analyze the adoption of disciplinary hearings and grievance procedures for nonunion salaried and hourly employees. Hypotheses are developed from an institutional perspective that focuses, first, on uncertainty arising from government mandates concerning equal employment opportunity and affirmative action and, second, on the role of the human relations professions in constructing employment-relations law and prescribing models of compliance. Event-history techniques are used to test these hypotheses against competing arguments concerning the internal structure and labor market position of employing organizations. Results on all outcomes strongly support the institutionalist model.

Suggested Citation

Sutton, John R. and Scott, W. Richard and Dobbin, Frank and Meyer, John W., The Legalization of the Workplace (1994). American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 99, No. 4. (January 1994), pp. 944-971. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417447

John R. Sutton

University of California-Santa Barbara ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/faculty/sutton/

W. Richard Scott

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Frank Dobbin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

John W. Meyer

Stanford University - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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