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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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Collective Action and Bargaining in Internationalized Markets

Collective Action and Bargaining in Internationalized Markets

(p.290) 19 Collective Action and Bargaining in Internationalized Markets
National Labour Relations in Internationalized Markets

Franz Traxler

Sabine Blaschke

Bernhard Kittel

Oxford University Press

Because employers have pre-associational powers and restrictions on the strategies of their associations, employers are likely to prefer individual relations to engaging in collective exchange with labour. The desirability of collective exchange challenged thus their ability to associate and the need to do so must be differentiated. Employers played a key role in shaping the bargaining process as they have an individual and collective option. Also, market-led opportunism posed an unintentional threat from the shift to self-interested ‘short-terminism’ and a deliberate threat from employer disorganization. Unions and employer associations underwent reforms to economize resources and activities and to adapt to the interdependencies of issues and interests.

Keywords:   collective exchange, pre-associational power, employers, unions, bargaining process

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