Still accounting for difference? Comparative joint regulation and pay inequality

Vernon, Guy (2011) Still accounting for difference? Comparative joint regulation and pay inequality. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 32, (1), 29-46. (doi:10.1177/0143831X10365930).


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The comparative industrial relations literature now displays ambivalence about the continued significance of national architectures of joint regulation for employment relations outcomes. This paper considers the capacity of such architectures to account for the marked cross-national comparative variation in the extent of overall pay inequality amongst the nations of the established advanced industrialized world at the turn of the millennium, with a particular focus on differences in pay inequality amongst continental European and coordinated market economies. The paper demonstrates that the architecture of joint regulation can still account for pay inequality, but that it is the sheer strength of unions or weight of joint regulation, rather than the procedural formalities often emphasized in the comparative industrial relations literature, which are of purchase

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0143831X10365930
ISSNs: 0143-831X (print)
1461-7099 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
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ePrint ID: 80471
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 February 2011Published
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:17

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