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Holding the Shop TogetherGerman Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era$
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Stephen J. Silvia

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452215

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452215.001.0001

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Integrating the Pieces and Looking toward the Future

(p.220) Conclusion
Holding the Shop Together

Stephen J. Silvia

Cornell University Press

This book concludes by discussing the findings presented in the first five chapters and integrating them into a comprehensive picture of industrial relations in Germany. It shows that labor law and the German state have been resilient throughout the postwar years and effectively provide a framework that incorporates the actors constructively into the German economy. It argues that the industrial relations framework has remained effective and relevant, able to withstand threats and tumult such as German unification and European integration. It considers how the neocorporatist components of the German state, including the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency), have helped to preserve the political influence of trade unions and employers associations. It compares these and other results with those in other countries and ends by reflecting on the future of the German industrial relations system.

Keywords:   industrial relations, postwar Germany, labor law, German state, German economy, German unification, trade unions, employers associations, industrial relations system, Bundesagentur für Arbeit

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