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Global Migration Seminar: Labour Migration and Industrial Relations

Seminarium

Labour Migration and Industrial Relations: How employers' use of migrant labour shape the trajectories of institutional continuity and change.
Sandra Engelbrecht (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin)

Alla Global Migration-seminarier börjar med en gemensam frukost kl. 8:30 i köket på Institutionen för globala studier (Vån 4, hus 2E, Campus Linné)

The last two decades' deepened European integration and expansion of the European Union (EU) open market, and the increased labour migration associated with it, have created new opportunities and challenges for political economic actors.

In the process, Germany and the Scandinavian countries have become main countries of destination for EU internal labour migration and service provision.
While recent literature has made causal claims about the potential impact of these developments, and particularly emphasized the pressure for change originating from them, it largely remains unclear how increased labour and service mobility can cause long-term institutional change, and to what extent the pressure for change has transformed to actual change in the industrial relations.

The purpose of this research project has therefore been to uncover how these processes play out and investigate to what extent the pressure for change originating from labour and service mobility in the EU open market has led to actual change in the industrial relations institutions of a few selected advanced political economies, namely Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Building upon existing accounts of varieties of liberalization (Thelen, 2014), I propose a typology of trajectories of institutional continuity and change that captures the interaction between employers' and trade unions' responses at the sectoral levels, and uncovers the causal mechanisms leading to change.

In responding to the question of how employers and trade unions have promoted or damaged sustainability of collective labour regulations in an integrated Europe, I have sought to explain how contribution to institutional continuity can take place through adaptation and resilience creation in a context of high pressure for change originating from the EU open market, and the increased labour and service mobility within it - and conversely, under which conditions the pressure for change is transformed into actual change.

Importantly, theorizing these causal processes enables us to recognize the role of employers in driving these processes, along with either passive or active coalitional support from the side of trade unions and the state.

The presentation will offer some insights based on case studies of the German, Norwegian, and Swedish construction and low skilled service sectors, and the German manufacturing sector, where I demonstrate how sectoral differences in the interaction between employers and trade unions trigger distinct causal processes, which in turn contribute either to institutional continuity or different forms of liberalization of the sectoral industrial relations institutions.

Sandra Engelbrecht is, since September 2013, a PhD candidate in the Doctoral Programme in Governance at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She holds a Master's degree in political science from the University of Gothenburg. Her PhD research is in the field of Comparative Political Economy, and focuses on labour migration, European integration, and the study of institutional continuity and change in the industrial relations institutions of advanced political economies.

Methodologically she specializes in causal case study methods, particularly process-tracing. Prior to joining the Doctoral Programme, she worked for several years at the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Föreläsare: Sandra Engelbrecht, PhD candidate in the Doctoral Programme in Governance at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

Datum: 2018-05-09

Tid: 09:15 - 11:00

Kategorier: Tvärvetenskap, Socialt arbete, Internationellt, Hållbar utveckling, Mångfald, Samhällsvetenskap, Ekonomi/juridik, Jämlikhet/jämställdhet

Arrangör: CGM

Plats: Globala studier, Konstepidemins väg 2
C417

Kontaktperson: Centre on Global Migration

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