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Explaining cross-national variation in workplace employee representation

Forth, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7963-2817, Bryson, A. & George, A. (2017). Explaining cross-national variation in workplace employee representation. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 23(4), pp. 415-433. doi: 10.1177/0959680117697861


Debates on the desirability of workplace employee representation are rarely evidence-based. We use a workplace survey covering 27 EU countries to show that its incidence is strongly and independently correlated with the degree of centralization in a country’s industrial relations regime and the extent of legislative support. Industry profits are important in explaining trade union presence, but are unimportant in the case of works councils. We find support for the exitvoice model, traditionally associated with Anglophone regimes, whereby worker representation is associated with poorer perceptions of the employment relations climate and with lower voluntary quit rates.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017, the authors.
Publisher Keywords: European Union, social dialogue, trade unions, workplace employee representation, works councils
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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