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Neoliberal trends in collective bargaining and employment regulation in Spain, Italy and the UK: From institutional forms to institutional outcomes
journal contributionposted on 2019-04-12, 14:01 authored 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.
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).
CitationEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations, 2018
Author affiliation/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Business
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