Diffusion and Predominance of Employment Rules

David Marsden

in A Theory of Employment Systems

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294221
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596612 | DOI:
 Diffusion and Predominance of Employment Rules

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The diffusion of employment rules is analysed as an evolutionarily stable strategy. The primary mechanism is that once a particular rule begins to dominate in a sector, it makes sense for others to adopt it because it is widely understood by workers and managers. They can therefore spread in the absence of action by the state and collective bargaining—essential if we are to understand employment relations in ‘non‐union’ firms. However, such rules can be further reinforced by incorporation into collective agreements and employment law.

Keywords: collective agreements; collective bargaining; diffusion; employment law; employment relations; employment rules; evolutionarily stable strategy; institutionalization; non‐union firms

Chapter.  11010 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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