- The bargaining system and performance: a comparison of 18 OECD countries
- Comparative Political Studies
- Volume | Issue number
- 33 | 9
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- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
Theoretical reasoning disagrees about what type of bargaining system performs best. We have tested the explanatory power of three competing hypotheses: neoliberalism, coporatism and the hump-shape hypothesis. All of these hypotheses lack empirical support due to two main shortcomings. First, they ignore that wage restraint raises three distinct types of collective-action problems. Second, they do not consider qualitative differences among the national bargaining systems (particularly the role of the state) which do not allow analysis to construct such ordinal rankings of bargaining coordination as adopted by all previous empirical studies. Proceeding from a revised hypothesis and new measures of national bargaining systems we have found a non-linear relationship between the bargaining system and economic performance in a way that economy-wide wage coordination is superior only when the bargaining system is able to make local bargaining comply with coordination activities.
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