|Title||Three Approaches To Coordinated Bargaining: A Case For Power-Based Explanations|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Ibsen, Christian Lyhne|
|Journal||European Journal of Industrial Relations|
|Pagination||39 - 56|
|Keywords||collective bargaining, coordinated collective bargaining, Denmark, discursive institutionalism, rational choice, rationalist institutionalism, Sweden|
This article discusses three theoretical approaches to the study of coordinated collective bargaining, each positing different causal mechanisms: rational choice, rationalist institutionalism and discursive institutionalism. Each approach involves a different view of the exercise of power and distributional consequences. The three approaches are applied to the critical cases of Sweden and Denmark. The conclusion drawn is that coordination is not purely cooperative, and that cooperation is itself conditioned by power relations. Thus power must be placed at the heart of coordination studies.