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date: 04 April 2020

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Institutions have remained central to industrial relations (IR) analysis in terms of understanding the behaviour of IR actors and the outcomes of IR processes. Within the IR tradition, the most influential accounts on institutional effects have dovetailed with a broadly functionalist sociology. The purpose of this chapter is to consider the functionalist legacy in institutional IR analysis with particular reference to Durkheim. In this regard, the classical work of the ‘institutional pluralists’ and the ‘radical/sociological institutionalists’ are considered alongside the contemporary formulation of neo-pluralism and the varieties of capitalism literatures.

Keywords: industrial relations, institutional analysis, functionalism, Durkheim

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