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The social organization of ideas in employment relations

Morgan, Glenn and Hauptmeier, Marco ORCID: 2021. The social organization of ideas in employment relations. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 74 (3) , pp. 773-797. 10.1177/0019793920987518

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This article compares how the United States and Germany deregulated labor markets between the 1980s and 2010s in response to the rise of neoliberalism. Building on literature with a focus on ideas and national knowledge regimes, the authors argue that the trajectories of labor market deregulation across the two countries are explained by the distinct social organization of ideas. The latter refers to the actors and institutions involved in the production and dissemination of ideas (including think tanks and public research institutes), their access and ways of communicating to political elites and electorates, levels of shared academic standards across the political divide, and related degrees of competition or cooperation in the production of new knowledge and policy ideas. Moving beyond previous employment relations literature with a focus on institutions and power, the article breaks new theoretical ground by demonstrating how the social organization of ideas is a key intermediary in explaining employment relations change and continuity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0019-7939
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 November 2020
Date of Acceptance: 28 September 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 14:31

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