The prevailing arguments that the German industrial relations system has “eroded” or is “exhausted” are too simplistic. They do not help us truly to understand recent trends because they do not disaggregate the system into its components for more precise assessments. Holding the Shop Together, in contrast, undertakes separate detailed evaluations of the legal framework, codetermination, trade unions and employers associations in order to make a more nuanced and varied appraisal of postwar German industrial relations.
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Holding the Shop Together shows that the legal framework for codetermination, collective bargaining, labor courts and the state institutions of industrial relations remain sound. They retain widespread social and political support. Yet, membership in most trade unions and employers associations has declined. The remainder of the book explains why membership has declined and assesses the efforts undertaken by trade unions and employers associations to reverse it.