Interdisciplinary Working Group on Governing Work in the Global Economy
For two years, The Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs supports the work of an Interdisciplinary Working Group on Governing Work in the Global Economy. Organized around a core group of faculty from the School of Management and Labor Relations, the Department of Political Science and Rutgers Business School, the group seeks to bring together faculty and graduate students from across Rutgers University to explore the influence of global economic dynamics on labor market regulation and working conditions around the world.
Already in place is a mailing list, Governing work -- Governing Work in the Global Economy (click link to subscribe).
The Center for European Studies will assist in organizing a seminar series in fall 2013 on the Euro crisis and its impacts on national welfare capitalisms in Europe. Please watch for future announcements.
The Working Group on "Capitalism and Democracy in Conflict? Governing Work in the Global Economy" would like to announce its first open lecture. Christian Ibsen from the Employment Relations Research Center (FAOS) at the University of Copenhagen will be speaking on:
Lecture #1 in the series
How do Scandinavian countries maintain more egalitarian forms of capitalism than other wealthy democracies even after the demise of centralized collective bargaining between peak-level employer and labor confederations? As the comparative literature on Scandinavian industrial relations has documented, sector bargaining has emerged in both Sweden and Denmark. Nevertheless, even without vertical compulsion, inequalities in working conditions across sectors have been contained, and most sectors tend to follow the pattern set in bargaining between manufacturing employers and their unions. Conventional accounts have had little to say about how the new institutional arrangement has been able to sustain this high-road, economy-wide bargaining coordination. Analyzing an innovative form of government intervention, the speaker discusses the crucial importance of publicly-sponsored mediation institutions in helping the two societies solve cross-sectoral collective action problems.