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The Decline of Centralized Collective Wage Bargaining in Sweden

Karel Hanuš
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Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0001


This article explores development (including its shaping in the 1930s and institutionalisation within the Post-war economic model) and causes of the decline of centralized collective wage bargaining in Sweden. Some effects of the Post-war model in combination with changes in global economic environment and technology of production caused changes in domestic distribution of power and influenced strategies and institutional preferences of crucial actors (especially the association of the export-oriented engineering employers, but also unions). The way of connection of the Swedish and the global economy is therefore of fundamental importance for shaping of domestic socioeconomic institutions like collective bargaining.


Tento článek zkoumá vývoj (včetně formování ve 30. letech institucionalizace v rámci poválečného ekonomického modelu) a příčiny rozpadu centralizovaného kolektivního vyjednávání ve Švédsku. Některé důsledky poválečného ekonomického modelu v kombinaci se změnami v globálním ekonomickém prostředí a technologii výroby způsobily změny v rozdělení moci a ovlivnily strategie a institucionální preference klíčových aktérů (zvláště asociace exportně orientovaných zaměstnavatelů ve strojírenství, ale i odborů). Způsob propojení švédské a globální ekonomiky má tedy zásadní význam pro formování domácích socioekonomických institucí typu kolektivního vyjednávání.

Keywords: collective bargaining; wage policy; employers; unions; Sweden

Klíčová slova: kolektivní vyjednávání; mzdová politika; zaměstnavatelé; odbory; Švédsko


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About the article

Karel Hanuš

PhDr. Mgr. Karel Hanuš (1984) received a Master’s degree in sociology and Latin American studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. Since 2011, he has been studying sociology at the same faculty in full-time doctoral study program. He graduated one semester study fellowship at Universidad Autonóma de Madrid (2010), two semesters study-research fellowship at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (2012 – 2013) and two months research fellowship at Uppsala Universitet (2013). He published articles for example in Historická sociologie/Historical Sociology or Politologická revue. Currently, he focuses on development of the Swedish welfare state and some issues in historical sociology.

Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-01-01

Citation Information: Slovak Journal of Political Sciences, ISSN (Online) 1335-9096 , DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/sjps-2014-0001. Export Citation

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