Power and institutions in industrial relation regimes: political science perspectives on the transition of the Swedish model
2005 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Sweden's National Institute for Working Life launched the project 'The Swedish Model in Transition' in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University in 1996. The general idea was to explore recent developments on the Swedish labour market and its system of industrial relations - the frequently discussed 'Swedish model'. This volume consists of a set of essays written by political scientists who have been involved in the programme as doctoral students or post-doctoral researchers, and presents some of the contributions and insights gained. The first section of the book deals with struggles of power over institutions: It investigates alternative explanations of wage coordination, how gender equality politics is shaped, and why the former corporatist system in Sweden was undermined. The second section deals with power within institutions: which are the determinants of political cleavages in Sweden and what are the mechanisms of cooperation? The last section focuses on power through institutions: How does globalisation affect the strength of organised labour and how does unemployment and workplace democracy influence political participation? Furthermore, what is the impact of the European Union on Equal Pay policies? It is shown that future rules of the game will hamper some actors' powers while enhancing those of others. This will affect how alliances are built and coordination is achieved. But, whether the development of the Swedish Model will continue along the same path as hitherto, or whether it will change direction, will be determined in power struggles between well-informed and goal-oriented actors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Arbetslivsinstitutet , 2005. , 225 p.
, Arbetsliv i omvandling, ISSN 1404-8426 ; 2005:12
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-26744ISBN: 91-7045-763-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-26744DiVA: diva2:54623