The evolution of national social dialogue in Europe under the single market, 1992-2006

Kornelakis, Andreas (2014) The evolution of national social dialogue in Europe under the single market, 1992-2006. Working Paper. Sussex European Institute, Brighton.

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This paper examines the evolution of national social dialogue (bipartite wage bargaining) across European countries. Several commentators in the 1990s expected the dismantling of national social dialogue institutions. Following the liberalisation of markets, intensification of competition, and declining union power, bargaining structures were supposed to converge to the Anglo-Saxon model of decentralised bargaining. The paper seeks to gauge the plausibility of the ‘decentralization thesis’ using novel indicators of collective bargaining centralization across the EU15. It is shown that despite the changes in product markets, flexible working, and declining union density, a generalized decentralization of bargaining did not occur. Instead, in many European cases there is a counter-trend of centralization, which casts doubt to the decentralization thesis.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information: SEI Working Paper No. 134
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD4801 Labour. Work. Working class > HD7795 Labour policy. Labour and the state
Depositing User: Andreas Kornelakis
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 07:54
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2014 07:54

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