Christine Trampusch is at the University of Cologne. Pierre Eichenberger is at the University of Lausanne.
Skills and Industrial Relations in Coordinated Market Economies — Continuing Vocational Training in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 50, Issue 4, pages 644–666, December 2012
How to Cite
Trampusch, C. and Eichenberger, P. (2012), Skills and Industrial Relations in Coordinated Market Economies — Continuing Vocational Training in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 644–666. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00864.x
- Issue published online: 3 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
- Final version accepted on 18 March 2011.
This article offers the first systematic study of the institutional and political conditions under which collective agreements finance and organize continuing vocational training (CVT). Combining Mill's methods of agreement and difference with pattern matching, it identifies proactive small and medium enterprises, proactive public policies, proactive trade unions, and links between CVT and wage bargaining as probable conditions for CVT by collective labour agreement. The most important finding is that the research on the development of political–economic institutions in coordinated market economies has to analyse more carefully how state activities and the behaviour of small and medium-sized firms affect the coordination of economic activities in skills formation.