A Critical Assessment of the Theoretical and Empirical Research on German Works Councils

28 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2002

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Carola M. Frege

London School of Economics - Department of Industrial Relations; Rutgers - School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

Abstract

The article reviews the existing English- and German-speaking literature on the German works council. Three major research topics are discussed: the ontology and typologies of works councils; their current practice and transformation; and their economic outcomes. Although much research has been conducted on the internal functioning of the works council-management relationship, it is clear that we still know little about the determinants of different workplace relations and their outcomes. The article concludes by advocating a reviving research interest in the link between codetermination and political democracy.

Suggested Citation

Frege, Carola M., A Critical Assessment of the Theoretical and Empirical Research on German Works Councils. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 40, pp. 221-248, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=313253

Carola M. Frege (Contact Author)

London School of Economics - Department of Industrial Relations ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
0171 955 7032 (Phone)

Rutgers - School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) ( email )

Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States

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