Works Councils : Consultation, Representation, and Cooperation in Industrial Relations (eBook, 2009) [WorldCat.org]
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Works Councils : Consultation, Representation, and Cooperation in Industrial Relations
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Works Councils : Consultation, Representation, and Cooperation in Industrial Relations

Author: Joel Rogers; Wolfgang Streeck
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2009] ©1995
Series: National Bureau of Economic Research Comparative Labor Markets Series
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As the influence of labor unions declines in many industrialized nations, particularly the United States, the influence of workers has decreased. Because of the need for greater involvement of workers in changing production systems, as well as frustration with existing structures of workplace regulation, the search has begun for new ways of providing a voice for workers outside the traditional collective bargaining  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Material Type: Document, Government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joel Rogers; Wolfgang Streeck
ISBN: 9780226723792 0226723798
OCLC Number: 1135613385
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (436 p.) : 3 line drawings, 41 tables.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
I. INTRODUCTION --
1. The Study of Works Councils: Concepts and Problems / Rogers, Joel / Streeck, Wolfgang --
2. An Economic Analysis of Works Councils / Freeman, Richard B. / Lazear, Edward P. --
II. THE EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE --
3. Germany: From Collective Voice to Co-management / Müller-Jentsch, Walther --
4. The Netherlands: From Paternalism to Representation / Visser, Jelle --
5. France: From Conflict to Social Dialogue? / Tchobanian, Robert --
6. Spain:.Works Councils or Unions? / Escobar, Modesto --
7. Sweden: Joint Councils under Strong Unionism / Brulin, Goran --
8. Italy: The Costs and Benefits of Informality / Regalia, Ida --
9. The European Community: Between Mandatory Consultation and Voluntary Information / Streeck, Wolfgang / Vitols, Sigurt --
10. Poland: Councils under Communism and Neoliberalism / Federowicz, Michal / Levitas, Anthony --
11. Works Councils in Western Europe: From Consultation to Participation / Streeck, Wolfgang --
III. THE NORTH AMERICAN EXPERIENCE --
12. Canada: Joint Committees on Occupational Health and Safety / Bernard, Elaine --
13. United States: Lessons from Abroad and Home / Rogers, Joel --
Contributors --
Author Index --
Subject Index
Series Title: National Bureau of Economic Research Comparative Labor Markets Series
Responsibility: Wolfgang Streeck, Joel Rogers.
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Abstract:

As the influence of labor unions declines in many industrialized nations, particularly the United States, the influence of workers has decreased. Because of the need for greater involvement of workers in changing production systems, as well as frustration with existing structures of workplace regulation, the search has begun for new ways of providing a voice for workers outside the traditional collective bargaining relationship. Works councils--institutionalized bodies for representative communication between an employer and employees in a single workplace--are rare in the Anglo-American world, but are well-established in other industrialized countries. The contributors to this volume survey the history, structure, and functions of works councils in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Canada, and the United States. Special attention is paid to the relations between works councils and unions and collective bargaining, works councils and management, and the role and interest of governments in works councils. On the basis of extensive comparative data from other Western countries, the book demonstrates powerfully that well-designed works councils may be more effective than labor unions at solving management-labor problems.

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