Pattern Bargaining: An Investigation into its Agency, Context and Evidence
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2007
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2007
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 33–58, March 2008
How to Cite
Traxler, F., Brandl, B. and Glassner, V. (2008), Pattern Bargaining: An Investigation into its Agency, Context and Evidence. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 46: 33–58. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2007.00664.x
- Issue published online: 29 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2007
- Final version accepted on 30 August 2007.
Pattern bargaining stands out as both an under-researched and controversial subject. This article is an analytical and empirical contribution to this debate. Theoretically, it provides a conceptual framework, which enables analysis to systematically differentiate between distinct forms of pattern bargaining in terms of scope, agency, development and function, which arise from differing contexts in terms of interest configuration, power relations and economic conditions. This framework is used to develop testable hypotheses on pattern bargaining as a mechanism of inter-industry bargaining co-ordination. The empirical part of the article examines these hypotheses for collective bargaining from 1969 to 2004 in Austria, which is commonly seen as a paradigm case of pattern bargaining. The article concludes by highlighting the broader implications its findings have from a cross-nationally comparative perspective.