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Grupo de Estudos Monetários e Financeiros

Estudos do GEMF, N.º 14 de 2009


The Extent of Collective Bargaining and Workplace Representation:

Transitions between States and their Determinants.

A Comparative Analysis of Germany and Great Britain

John T. Addison
Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, Queen’s University
School of Management, and GEMF, University of Coimbra

Alex Bryson
National Institute of Economic and Social Research and CEP

Paulino Teixeira
Faculdade de Economia/GEMF, University of Coimbra

André Pahnke
Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Lutz Bellmann
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung,
Bundesagentur für Arbeit, and IZA
Industrial relations are in flux in many nations, perhaps most notably in Germany and Britain. That said, comparatively little is known in any detail of the changing pattern of the institutions of collective bargaining and worker representation in Germany and still less in both countries about firm transitions between these institutions over time. The present paper maps changes in the importance of the key institutions, 1998-2004, and explores the correlates of two-way transitions, using successive waves of the German IAB Establishment Panel and both cross-sectional and panel components of the British Workplace Employment Relations Survey. We identify the workplace correlates of the demise of collective bargaining in Britain and the erosion of sectoral bargaining in Germany, and identify the respective roles of behavioral and compositional change.

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