Between Bargaining and Politics: An Introduction to European Labor Relations

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Business & Economics - 165 pages

This text provides an overview and concise introduction to labor relations in Europe. The author seeks to transcend nationalism in labor relations by focusing his discussion and analysis on the continent as a whole and on groups of countries. The national focus is to some extent given up, not for a concentration on differences within nations, but in favor of a discussion of common European developments. European labor relations have a number of basic features in common, not only in collective bargaining and conflict, but also in worker participation and in the role of national governments. And, in a number of ways, these features are strikingly different from the labor relations model seen in the United States. The text, therefore, offers an illuminating analysis of commonalities and differences within European labor relations, as well as between the United States and Europe.

 

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Contents

Corporatism
xiii
CORPORATISM
xv
PRECONDITIONS FOR CORPORATISM
1
TYPES OF CORPORATISM
3
TRIPARTISM AND PEAKLEVEL TALKS IN THE LARGER COUNTRIES
5
Trade Unions Employers Parties and Politics
9
INDUSTRIAL UNIONS ON THE CONTINENT
11
UNIONPARTY RELATIONS
12
UNION REPRESENTATION AND WORKS COUNCILS IN GERMANIC EUROPE
81
UNION REPRESENTATION AND WORKS COUNCILS IN LATIN EUROPE
83
CODETERMINATION
85
From Sector Uniformity to Enterprise Diversity
87
THE EXAMPLE OF THE 1980s and 1990s
89
THE RISE OF THE LOCAL UNION
92
THE DECENTRALIZATION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
93
EMPLOYEE PART1C1PAT1ON IN THE 1990s
96

EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONS
18
UNIONS EMPLOYERS AND POLITICS
21
A Short History
27
THE EMERGENCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRACY
29
THE RISE OF COMMUNISM
34
CRISIS WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION
35
THE GOLDEN SIXTIES
37
CENTRAL EUROPE UNDER COMMUNISM
38
Labor Relations and Politics in the 1990s
41
THE ECONOMY AND THE GOVERNMENT
44
THE END OF DICTATORSHIP AND THE DEMISE OF COMMUNISM IN LATIN EUROPE
47
NEW LABOR RELATIONS IN CENTRAL EUROPE
51
NEW ISSUES AND NEW POLITICS
53
Collective Bargaining and Conflict
59
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND CONFLICT IN THE BRITISH MODEL
61
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND CONFLICT IN LATIN EUROPE
65
NATIONAL BARGAINING
68
STATUTORY WAGE POLICIES
69
THE PUBLIC SECTOR
71
Worker Participation in the Enterprise
75
TRADE UNION REPRESENTATION WITHIN THE ENTERPRISE
79
Labor Conditions in Europe
99
WORKING TIME
103
FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY TO WORK ENVIRONMENT
105
SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE
106
EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION
108
The European Union
111
TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS
114
THE EU IMPACT ON LABOR CONDITIONS
116
EUROPEAN WORKS COUNCILS
119
CONVERGENCE OR DIVERGENCE?
121
Five Pairs of Nations
123
BELGIUM AND HOLLAND
126
AUSTRIA AND SWITZERLAND
128
PORTUGAL AND SPAIN
131
A Summary in American Terms
135
WORKER PARTICIPATION
142
THE EUROPEAN WELFARE STATE
143
Bibliography
145
Index
157
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About the author (1996)

HANS SLOMP is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He is the author of Labor Relations in Europe: A History of Issues and Developments (Greenwood, 1990).

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