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Cross‐National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work

Carola Frege and John Godard

in The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199207268
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199207268.003.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 Cross‐National Variation in Representation Rights and Governance at Work

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This article focuses on the differences between the United States and Germany. These two nations are viewed as representative of distinctive varieties of capitalism, and they have very different representation rights and institutional norms accounting for these varieties. The contribution of this article is to address the reasons for this variation and why it persists in view of such pressures. It begins by briefly describing cross-national differences in representational rights and in organizational governance structures associated with these rights (or lack thereof). The article then addresses various explanations that have or can be advanced to explain this variation and why it persists. Next, based on these explanations, it adopts a historical-institutionalist perspective to explore the historical basis of this variation.

Keywords: capitalism; representation rights; institutional norms; cross-national differences; organizational governance

Article.  11377 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; International Business

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