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Neoliberal trends in collective bargaining and employment regulation in Spain, Italy and the UK: From institutional forms to institutional outcomes

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posted on 12.04.2019, 14:01 by M López-Andreu
This article discusses the effect of neoliberal trends in employment regulation during the 2008 recession. Liberalization in employment institutions is a long-term trend reinforced by the implementation of austerity policies. I use EU-SILC panel data to discuss these trends in Spain, Italy and the UK in three periods: before the crisis (2004–2007), during the crisis (2007–2010) and under austerity (2010–2013). Although liberalization reforms interacted with the existing institutional architectures, I find a common trend towards greater employer discretion. Crucially, this trend in institutional outcomes appears in countries with different formal institutional characteristics in employment and collective bargaining.

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The primary research for this article was supported by the European Commission (Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship ‘Labour trajectories in UK and Spain. Analysis of capabilities in transitions using a mixed-methods approach’, TRANSICAP, ref. FP7-328223, undertaken at Manchester Business School).

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European Journal of Industrial Relations, 2018

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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European Journal of Industrial Relations

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SAGE Publications

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0959-6801

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1461-7129

Acceptance date

20/09/2018

Copyright date

2018

Available date

12/04/2019

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https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0959680118810294

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en

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