The Swedish Model of Industrial Relations: Self-Regulation and Combined Centralisation-Decentralisation

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The Swedish model of industrial relations is analyzed with respect to some closely related dimensions: collective agreements - legislation, cooperation - confrontation, self-regulation - state regulation and centralisation - decentralisation. Both the historical development and the present state of the model are discussed. In an analytical table the dimension self-regulation - state regulation is combined with the dimension centralisation - decentralisation. A distinction is made between self-regulation on the part of unions AND employers' associations (bipartite self-regulation) and on the other hand on the part of unions OR employers' associations (unilateral self-regulation). By that the four fields of the table are extended to six fields. The development in the last 10-15 years is described as a "new mix of self-regulation and state regulation and of centralisation and decentralisation".


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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • arbetsliv, sociology, state regulation, centralisation, union movement, employer association, Saltsjöbaden, decentralisation, collective agreement, global, sociologi, industrial relations, a-kassa, trade unions, facklig organisationsgrad, blue-collar workers, union unemployment fund, SACO, Ghent system, fackförening, white-collar workers, LO, svenska modellen, fackförbund, industrial agreement, labour legislation, arbetsmarknad, co-determination, TCO, Swedish model, self-regulation, union density, department of sociology, sociologiska institutionen, centralised bargaining, solidaristic wage policy, employment protection
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrade Unionism since 1945: Towards a Global History
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East
EditorsCraig Phelan
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Group
Number of pages44
ISBN (Print)978-3-03911-410-8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch

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Bibliographic note

Anders Kjellbergs hemsida This book is one of two volumes on the history of trade unionism from a global perspective. It contains chapters on a number of countries in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It is publihed as volume 1 in the series Trade Unions Past, Present and Future. Mer information om boken ERRATA: The Swedish Mediation Office (Mediation Institute) was founded in the year 2000 (not in 2001 as mentioned at pp. 156, 164 and 185).

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