Liberalisation, flexibility and industrial relations institutions: evidence from Italian and Greek banking

Kornelakis, Andreas (2014) Liberalisation, flexibility and industrial relations institutions: evidence from Italian and Greek banking. Work, Employment and Society, 28 (1). pp. 40-57. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

The article seeks to explain how institutions change within varieties of capitalism, focusing on an important institution for the world of work: wage bargaining. Although there is a widespread expectation that liberalization and firms’ needs for flexibility brings convergence to the liberal market model of decentralized industrial relations, recent literature suggests that diversity persists and that there are a range of different responses. This article contributes to the debate by applying a coalitional perspective to highlight the factors that influence divergent trajectories of change in wage bargaining. The case studies of Italian and Greek banking suggest that the existence of ‘employer associability’ may moderate decentralizing tendencies and facilitate the reform of industrial relations institutions, while ‘labour–state coalitions’ are critical for the survival of institutions. Finally, the article discusses the findings in relation to wider debates in the comparative political economy of work.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 11:27
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 12:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43355
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