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Institutions or resources and capabilities? Explaining engagement in European sectoral social dialogue

Prosser, T. and Bechter, B. and Galetto, M. and Weber, S. and Larsson, B. (2021) 'Institutions or resources and capabilities? Explaining engagement in European sectoral social dialogue.', Economic and industrial democracy. .

Abstract

We analyse social partner engagement in European sectoral social dialogue, testing two prominent theories to disentangle sector and country dynamics: institutional and resources and capabilities theories. While institutional theory accounted for certain social partner preferences, resources and capability theory proved stronger in predicting participation and provided insight into regulatory preferences. We conclude that resources and capability theory better explains our case, associating it with weaknesses of transnational governance. Specifically, limited incentives for participation mean that social partners with fewer resources forego participation, entailing pre-eminence of social partners with greater resources and hindering outcomes reflecting national institutional influences.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X211016052
Publisher statement:Prosser, T., Bechter, B., Galetto, M., Weber, S., and Larsson, B., Institutions or resources and capabilities? Explaining engagement in European sectoral social dialogue, Economic and Industrial Democracy. Copyright © 2021 (the authors)
Date accepted:08 April 2021
Date deposited:19 April 2021
Date of first online publication:03 June 2021
Date first made open access:19 April 2021

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