• Abstract
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Institutional Core Features of German Industrial Relations
  • 3. The Legal Framework of Co-Determination
  • 3.1 Co-determination at the Company Level
  • 3.2 Co-determination at the Establishment Level
  • 3.3 Works Councils’ Rights and Obligations
  • 4. The Institutional Configuration of Works Councils
  • 5. The Relationship between Works Councils and Trade Unions
  • 6. The Distribution of Works Councils in the German Economy
  • 7. New Challenges to the Institution of Works Councils
  • 7.1 The Change from Industrial to (new) Service Sectors
  • 7.2 Increased Labour Force Diversity in the German Economy
  • 7.3 Transformation of Companies
  • 7.4 The Decentralisation of Collective Bargaining to the Establishment Level.
  • 7.5 Fragile Trade Union Support to Works Councils
  • 8. Institutional Learning as a Starting Point to meet new Challenges
  • 8.1 Learning and Institutions – a Contradiction?
  • 8.2. Institutional Learning of Works Councils
  • 8.3 Institutional Learning of Trade Unions
  • 9. Conclusion
  • References
  • About the Author
  • artec- Research Centre for Sustainability Studies