Corporate governance and collective bargaining: A comparative study of the evolution of corporate governance and collective bargaining in France, Germany, UK and Portugal
Title: Corporate governance and collective bargaining: A comparative study of the evolution of corporate governance and collective bargaining in France, Germany, UK and Portugal
Author: MESTRE, Bruno
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2009
Series/Number: EUI PhD theses; Department of Law
The object of this thesis concerns the institutional complementarities between the national systems of corporate governance and employee representation (including collective bargaining) in an evolutionary comparative and European perspective. This thesis defends that there appears to be currently a phenomenon of hybridisation of the patterns of corporate governance in Europe that is introducing market elements in relational/governmental systems and relational elements in market systems. The systems of employee representation appear to be also converging towards a phenomenon of controlled decentralisation that consists in the diversification of the powers of the actors at the level of the company and in the development of new types of agreements. The underlying intention appears to be the recognition of employees as stakeholders of the company. This thesis concludes that the new types of collective agreements may not be effective as a means of counterbalancing the pressure of shareholders and employees are left in a delicate position.
LC Subject Heading: Corporation law -- European Union countries; Labor laws and legislation -- European Union countries
Defense date: 11/12/2009; Examining board: Simon Deakin (University of Cambridge), Julio Gomes (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto), Marie-Ange Moreau (EUI, Supervisor), Heike Schweitzer (EUI)
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