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The Changing Structure of Collective Bargaining

The changing structure of collective bargaining

The relative bargaining power that labor and management bring to the table is influenced by both the structure of collective bargaining negotiations and specific bargaining tactics, as conditioned by the prevailing economic and political environment. This chapter focuses on the determinants and effects of collective bargaining structure, which varies enormously around the world. After defining collective bargaining structure, the chapter explains how structure influences relative bargaining power, discusses evidence on the impact of bargaining structure on microeconomic and macroeconomic outcomes, and interprets the evolution of bargaining structures over time. Of particular interest is whether increased economic integration is producing a convergence of bargaining structures around the world.

The Concept of Bargaining Structure

Bargaining structures originate in ...

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