Public Sector Labour Relations In Four European Countries Compared: Long-Term Convergence And Short-Term Divergences?

TitlePublic Sector Labour Relations In Four European Countries Compared: Long-Term Convergence And Short-Term Divergences?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMüller, Andrea, Ramos-Vielba, Irene, Schmidt, Werner, Thörnquist, Annette, and Thörnqvist, Christer
Date Published2014///
PublisherIndustrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2014 Dublin
Conference LocationDublin, Ireland
KeywordsEngland, Germany, industrial relations, labor relations, public-sector unions, Spain, Sweden
Abstract

This paper focuses on the impact of the 2007/2008 financial and economic crisis on the public sector and its labour relations in Spain, the UK, Sweden and Germany. The analysis of the contextual background - general and societal economic developments as well as industrial relations - in which such transformations happened embeds the comparison of the four country case studies. Our findings show that the crisis and austerity policies furthered some short-term divergent developments of the public sectors in the countries considered but long-term convergence can be also expected. Some theoretical conclusions from these mixed developments in the aftermath of the crisis are drawn.

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