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Author Thelen, Kathleen Ann

Title Union of parts : labor politics in postwar Germany / Kathleen A. Thelen
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1991


Description 1 online resource (xii, 262 pages)
Series Cornell studies in political economy
Cornell studies in political economy.
Contents Introduction: The Argument in Brief -- pt. I. Labor and the Politics of Adjustment in West Germany. 1. Continuity through Crisis. 2. Negotiated Adjustment in West Germany -- pt. II. Codetermination and the Development of the Dual System. 3. The Origins of the Dual System. 4. Tensions in the Dual System -- pt. III. West German Labor in the Crisis. 5. Markets and Politics in Transition, 1973-1978. 6. Works Council Politics in the Crisis. 7. Contemporary Trends in Central Bargaining. 8. Contemporary Trends in Union Technology Policy. 9. The Politics of Work Reorganization: A Comparative Perspective. 10. Labor Politics and Industrial Adjustment
Summary "Since the start of its economic miracle, West Germany has shown a striking ability to manage industrial adjustment peacefully and with the cooperation of organized labor. Frequently compared to smaller "corporatist" democracies such as Sweden and Austria, Germany resembles these countries in outcomes - negotiated adjustment and labor peace - but achieves them in different ways. Kathleen A. Thelen, using a case study of Germany's leading union, the IG Metall, documents how peaceful collaborative adjustment results from the interaction of centralized bargaining and decentralized labor participation through the institutions of codetermination."--BOOK JACKET. "Thelen shows how the system of plant works councils created in the 1950s - in a form the union originally opposed - evolved into an integral part of the IG Metall's structure and strategies. Her examination of plant bargaining in three industries adversely affected by macroeconomic developments in the 1970s and 1980s - steel, automobiles, and consumer electronics - demonstrates how codetermination contributed to Germany's overall pattern of negotiated adjustment."--BOOK JACKET. "Analyzing IG Metall's responses to the issues of unemployment and technological change, Thelen traces a shifting balance between centralized bargaining and codetermination in response to changing macroeconomic and political trends. Comparisons with Sweden and the United States highlight the distinctive features of Germany's dual system that account for its continued resiliency."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-254) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Industriegewerkschaft Metall für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Industriegewerkschaft Metall für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland
IG Metall Deutschland
SUBJECT Bundesprüfstelle für Jugendgefährdende Schriften Bonn Jahrestagung gnd
Subject Labor policy -- Germany
Labor unions -- Germany
Industrial relations -- Germany
Works councils -- Germany
Collective bargaining -- Germany
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Political Advocacy.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Economy.
Collective bargaining
Industrial relations
Labor policy
Labor unions
Works councils
Deutschland Bundesrepublik
Deutschland (Bundesrepublik)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781501717567