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CEP discussion paper
The End of National Models in Employment Relations?
David Marsden
September 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0998:
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JEL Classification: J5; M55

Tags: labor-management relations; labor contracting

The erosion of a number of national systems of employment relations, and the evidence from large scale workplace surveys has brought attention to the considerable diversity of employment systems within major economies. This essay applies the theory of evolutionary games to explain the diffusion of different employment systems within national economies, and how they interact with established sectoral and national level institutions. This also helps to explain potential tipping points in their expansion and retreat. Evidence to support the argument is taken from the British and French workplace employment relations surveys and the European Working Conditions Survey.