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09 August 2017

Government employers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway: The use of power to control wage and employment conditions

How do government employers exercise power in highly voluntarist bargaining models? In this article, Nana Wesley Hansen and Åsmund Arup Seip analyse the potential power of public employers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and examine how they use this potential. They call attention to three areas in which government employers exercise power: direct political intervention, attempts to decentralize wage bargaining and control of wage movements. The two researchers argue that government employers in the three countries have similar institutional capacities for power, but their ways of exercising power vary according to political norms and practice.

The article ‘Government employers in Sweden, Denmark and Norway: The use of power to control wage and employment conditions’ was published in European Journal of Industrial Relations, May 29th 2017.

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