Between Market & Institutions

Is there leeway for local actors in shaping restructuring in Europe ?

Institutional literature about restructurings (AB-Inbev, Carrefour, Opel, etc.) has been criticised for being overly deterministic. This article aims to accommodate such criticism by illustrating how market matters to the way restructuring is... Continuer

Under international market pressure, companies increasingly tend to restructure their operations. The diverse outcomes of such restructurings have important employment implications, as Illustrated by recent examples from Belgium such as Opel, Carrefour, Arcelor-Mittal, Beckaert and AB-InBev. Comparative research has mainly studied the influence of different industrial relations systems on restructuring processes.

This institutional literature has, however, been criticised for being overly deterministic. This article aims to accommodate such criticism by illustrating how market matters to the way restructuring is conducted.

Although institutional settings restrain social actors' behaviour towards restructuring, they do not determine it. Social actors can use institutions with a view to pursue their interests and to shape restructuring within the context of the market in which they are embedded, which involves their exposure to international and global forces. The study is based on a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of 12 case studies in seven countries. Data were gathered as part of a European research project supported by the social partners.


Under international market pressure, companies increasingly tend to restructure their operations. The diverse outcomes of such restructurings have important employment implications, as Illustrated by recent examples from Belgium such as Opel, Carrefour, Arcelor-Mittal, Beckaert and AB-InBev. Comparative research has mainly studied the influence of different industrial relations systems on restructuring processes.

This institutional literature has, however, been criticised for being overly deterministic. This article aims to accommodate such criticism by illustrating how market matters to the way restructuring is conducted.

Although institutional settings restrain social actors' behaviour towards restructuring, they do not determine it. Social actors can use institutions with a view to pursue their interests and to shape restructuring within the context of the market in which they are embedded, which involves their exposure to international and global forces. The study is based on a Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) of 12 case studies in seven countries. Data were gathered as part of a European research project supported by the social partners.


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Éditeur
Presses universitaires de Louvain
Partie du titre
Numéro 7
Partie du titre
Volume 7
Auteur
Valeria Pulignano, Vickie Dekocker,
Collection
Cahiers du CIRTES
Langue
anglais
Catégorie (éditeur)
Sciences économiques et sociales > Sciences économiques > Economie sociale
Catégorie (éditeur)
Sciences économiques et sociales > Sciences économiques
Catégorie (éditeur)
Sciences économiques et sociales
BISAC Subject Heading
BUS038000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Labor
Code publique Onix
06 Professional and scholarly
CLIL (Version 2013 )
3082 Changement social
Date de première publication du titre
10 janvier 2013
Subject Scheme Identifier Code
Thema subject category: JBFZ

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Date de publication
10 janvier 2013
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978-2-87558-067-2
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Nombre de pages de contenu principal : 42
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D/2012/9964/19
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87420
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Abstract/ Résumé _______________________________________ 1
Introduction ____________________________________________ 3
Literature review and theoretical framwork __________________ 5
Restructuring: an analytical distinction ____________________________ 5
The institutional approach to restructuring ________________________ 6
Two criticisms to the institutional paradigm: the role of social actors and
the pressure of international markets_____________________________ 7
Hypotheses and an integrated framework _________________________ 8
Research design ________________________________________ 11
Case studies on Restructuring Processes in Multinational Companies __ 11
QCA as a method of analysis ___________________________________ 12
Conditions and outcome ______________________________________ 13
Findings ______________________________________________ 19
Discussion _____________________________________________ 25
Institutions, market pressures and the influence of local actors _______ 25
Implications for theory and policy _______________________________ 27
Conclusion ____________________________________________ 29
References ____________________________________________ 31


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