Trade unions and the sovereign power of the state. A comparative analysis of employer offensives in the Danish and Irish public sectors

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dc.contributor.authorSzabó, Imre-
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-01T14:35:16Z-
dc.date.available2018-06-01T14:35:16Z-
dc.date.copyright2018 the Authoren_US
dc.date.issued2018-05-01-
dc.identifier.citationTransferen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/9410-
dc.description.abstractThe changing composition of trade unions has far-reaching consequences for the relationship between unions and the polity. In particular, the concentration of trade union membership in the public sector – a process that has been taking place in most EU countries – implies a shift away from collective agreements towards legislation as the dominant way of managing employment relations. Pluralist models of collective bargaining assume a neutral, mediating role of the state, but in the public sector the state by definition acts as an employer as well. The state is equipped with the sovereign power to circumvent traditional bargaining agreements and force its will upon trade unions through legislation. The article investigates major bargaining disputes in Europe after 2008, focusing on two countries (Ireland and Denmark) that have different political environments and that, although affected differently by the financial crisis, underwent similar government interventions in labour relations. The findings suggest that a shift towards legislation is a tendency that affects all types of industrial relations systems.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean Commission Horizon 2020en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSageen_US
dc.rightsSzabó, Imre :Trade unions and the sovereign power of the state. A comparative analysis of employer offensives in the Danish and Irish public sectors. Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, 16 (2) pp.150-168. Copyright © 2017 Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectBargaining disputesen_US
dc.subjectLegislationen_US
dc.subjectPublic sectoren_US
dc.subjectSovereign poweren_US
dc.subjectStateen_US
dc.titleTrade unions and the sovereign power of the state. A comparative analysis of employer offensives in the Danish and Irish public sectorsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.internal.authorcontactotherszaboi@ucd.ie-
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.volume24en_US
dc.identifier.issue2en_US
dc.identifier.startpage163en_US
dc.identifier.endpage178en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1024258918762077-
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dc.internal.rmsid932945855-
dc.date.updated2018-05-11T12:31:22Z-
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