Dutch works councils in times of transition: The effects of changes in society, organizations and work on the position of works councils

Jan C. Looise, Michiel Drucker

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This article assesses the current position of Dutch works councils within their organizations and within the broader system of Dutch industrial relations. The authors use data from a recently conducted national survey on works councils to establish the impact that societal and organizational developments in the 1990s have had on the formal position and actual influence of the works council. These data show that, contrary to popular opinion, societal developments and the introduction of new management concepts have not had a negative impact on the position of the works council. An exception to this is the internationalization of firms, which curtails the range of works council influence. Further, the gradual increase in the actual influence of the works council that characterized the postwar period does seem to have levelled off in the 1990s.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)379-409
Number of pages31
JournalEconomic and industrial democracy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • Internationalization
  • Dutch works councils
  • METIS-124550
  • Organizational Change
  • IR-58669
  • industrial relations

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