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“Coping with the Single Market: Corporatist Response Strategies in Germany and Austria”

Heinisch, Reinhard. (1999) “Coping with the Single Market: Corporatist Response Strategies in Germany and Austria”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    While Germany is facing the wholesale disorganization of sectoral collective bargaining, the Austrian social partnership has gained new strength in the 1990s. Comparatively, Austro-corporatism proved able to undergo a process of skillful adaptation, despite Austria’s belated entry into the European Union and despite a number of apparent disadvantages and weaknesses of the Austrian economy. This paper explains German-Austrian differences in the performance and resilience of corporatist government in the face of European integration in terms of (i) the organizational differences between German and Austrian corporatism (sectoral concentration versus vertical centralization and little horizontal flexibilization); (ii) the long term policy strategies employed by labor unions in either system (co-determination versus macro-level policy influence); and (iii) by the different responses chosen by corporatist actors in Germany and Austria (internal organizational reforms versus becoming modernization brokers).

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Countries > Austria
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2006
    Page Range: p. 39
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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