Three Approaches To Coordinated Bargaining: A Case For Power-Based Explanations

TitleThree Approaches To Coordinated Bargaining: A Case For Power-Based Explanations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsIbsen, Christian Lyhne
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume21
Issue1
Pagination39 - 56
Date Published2015///
Keywordscollective bargaining, coordinated collective bargaining, Denmark, discursive institutionalism, rational choice, rationalist institutionalism, Sweden
Abstract

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.