The authors’ affiliation is Institute of Management, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com. The authors thank Jens Beckert, Anke Hassel, Anja Kirsch, Guenther Roth, Allan Silver, and two anonymous reviewers for useful guidance and suggestions. Any errors that remain are our own.
Understanding the Role of Institutions in Industrial Relations: Perspectives from Classical Sociological Theory
Article first published online: 23 APR 2012
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Special Issue: Institutions, Work and Employment Relations: Alternative Traditions, New Syntheses
Volume 51, Issue Supplement s1, pages 472–500, April 2012
How to Cite
JACKSON, G. and MUELLENBORN, T. (2012), Understanding the Role of Institutions in Industrial Relations: Perspectives from Classical Sociological Theory. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 51: 472–500. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00687.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2012
Theories of industrial relations have called for a stronger integration of the economic and social. Whereas economists have studied economic functions of institutions, neo-institutional approaches in sociology have strongly rejected economic explanation in favor of seeing institutions as taken-for-granted cognitive assumptions. To further dialogue among these perspectives, this study reconstructs the concept of institutions in the classical sociological theory of Durkheim and Weber. Both classical perspectives place the dynamic tensions between the economic and social at the center of their theories, but develop these in distinct ways. The study illustrates the potential and limits of these four theoretical perspectives on institutions with regard to the empirical case of codetermination in Germany.