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A Theory of Employment SystemsMicro-Foundations of Societal Diversity$
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David Marsden

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294220.001.0001

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Diffusion and Predominance of Employment Rules

Diffusion and Predominance of Employment Rules

(p.61) Chapter 3 Diffusion and Predominance of Employment Rules
A Theory of Employment Systems

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The diffusion of employment rules is analysed as an evolutionarily stable strategy. The primary mechanism is that once a particular rule begins to dominate in a sector, it makes sense for others to adopt it because it is widely understood by workers and managers. They can therefore spread in the absence of action by the state and collective bargaining—essential if we are to understand employment relations in ‘non‐union’ firms. However, such rules can be further reinforced by incorporation into collective agreements and employment law.

Keywords:   collective agreements, collective bargaining, diffusion, employment law, employment relations, employment rules, evolutionarily stable strategy, institutionalization, non‐union firms

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