Government employers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway: The use of power to control wage and employment conditions

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How do government employers exercise power in highly voluntarist bargaining models? In this article, we analyse the potential power of public employers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and examine how they use this potential. We call attention to three areas in which government employers exercise power: direct political intervention, attempts to decentralize wage bargaining and control of wage movements. We argue that government employers in the three countries have similar institutional capacities for power, but their ways of exercising power vary according to political norms and practice.
Translated title of the contributionStaten som arbejdsgiver i Sverige, Danmark og Norge og dens magt til at kontrollere løn og arbejdsvilkår.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)73-89
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2018

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