From Regaining Credibility to Retaining Relevance
This chapter examines the relevance of employers associations to postwar Germany's industrial relations system. It begins with a brief overview of the prewar establishment and postwar reconstruction of employers associations and goes on to consider how employers associations fared after the German unification. It then discusses the effects of industry structure and trade exposure on employers association density, along with the impact of density on collective bargaining. It also explores divergences in the forms of social partnership in key sectors of the German economy and the larger implications of the interplay between trade unions and employers associations for the future of German industrial relations. It suggests that density trends among employers associations have been of greatest importance in determining the influence of German industrial relations in the postwar era.
Keywords: employers associations, industrial relations system, German unification, industry structure, trade, employers association, collective bargaining, social partnership, trade unions, German industrial relations
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