Dissonant cognitions in European works councils: A ‘comparative ethnomethodological’ approach

Andrew Richard Timming

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    Drawing from case study research conducted at a UK-based European works council, this article explores the dynamics of cross-national labour relations using a theoretical framework that the author calls ‘comparative ethnomethodology’. The merging of qualitatively distinct national industrial relations systems into one geographical space is identified as a key social psychological obstacle to labour internationalism. When brought together in a transnational context, workers’ representatives frequently suffer from ‘dissonant cognitions’ in consequence of the absence of commonly constituted ‘background assumptions’. This dynamic is exemplified by the interpersonal relations between the British and Dutch delegations in the case study European works council.The study has implications with respect to the debates on the problems, prospects and possibilities of labour internationalism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)521-535
    JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


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