Ian Greer is at the University of Greenwich. Thorsten Schulten is at the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung. Nils Böhlke is at Landtagsfraktion Nordrhein-Westfalen.
How Does Market Making Affect Industrial Relations? Evidence from Eight German Hospitals
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 215–239, June 2013
How to Cite
Greer, I., Schulten, T. and Böhlke, N. (2013), How Does Market Making Affect Industrial Relations? Evidence from Eight German Hospitals. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 51: 215–239. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00885.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2011
- Final version accepted 12 September 2011.
The introduction of market mechanisms matters for industrial relations. In the German hospital sector, national liberalization policies have put immense pressure on local management and worker representatives and led to the growth of a low-wage sector. In case studies of eight hospitals, we find some locales where market making has led to union revitalization and mobilization, but this effect varies. Using an eight-way comparison, we infer a configuration of three aspects of the local political economy — labour markets, politics and co-determination rules — that together provide a well-fitting explanation for both variation and change.