|Title||Public Sector Labour Relations In Four European Countries Compared: Long-Term Convergence And Short-Term Divergences?|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Müller, Andrea, Ramos-Vielba, Irene, Schmidt, Werner, Thörnquist, Annette, and Thörnqvist, Christer|
|Publisher||Industrial Relations in Europe Conference (IREC) 2014 Dublin|
|Conference Location||Dublin, Ireland|
|Keywords||England, Germany, industrial relations, labor relations, public-sector unions, Spain, Sweden|
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.