Interests, Institutions and Industrial Relations
21 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2003
In the comparative politics literature there are two main approaches to the impact of international economic change on national policy patterns. The first - new institutionalism - has been very influential in comparative industrial relations scholarship. The second, which focuses on the role of interests, has been less prominent. Comparing industrial relations reform in Australia and New Zealand during the 1980s and 1990s, this paper argues that there are a number of limitations to an institutionalist approach and outlines a framework for the comparative study of the impact of international economic change on national patterns of industrial relations which integrates both institutionalist and interest-based approaches.
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