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National Labour Relations in Internationalized MarketsA Comparative Study of Institutions, Change and Performance$
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Franz Traxler, Sabine Blaschke, and Bernhard Kittel

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295549.001.0001

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Concepts and Hypotheses

Concepts and Hypotheses

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(p.10) 2 Concepts and Hypotheses
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National Labour Relations in Internationalized Markets
Author(s):

Franz Traxler

Sabine Blaschke

Bernhard Kittel

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198295549.003.0002

This chapter draws attention to the outline of the study. It points out that divergent theories on the development and performance of institutions are grounded on the differences in the assumptions about market operations. By analysing a cross-national long-term study of twenty countries under the OECD, this study attempts to answer whether internationalized markets brought about a general pattern of labour relations. Since institutionalism, class theory, and rational choice theory make up the analytical framework for this study, the various aspects of labour relations that should be concentrated on are able to be identified. The chapter presents three structural properties of organizations of interest and the bargaining system since these serve as the central institutional arrangement in labour relations. The study divides the three decades involved in the study into subperiods so that the chapter is able to observe the developments in the said periods.

Keywords:   development, performance, institutions, internationalization, labour relations, institutionalism, class theory, rational choice theory, organization of interest, bargaining system

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