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'The state in Industrial Relations - the politics of the Minimum Wage in Turkey and the US'.

Event details of AIAS Lunch Seminar: Ruya Gokhan Kocer and Jelle Visser (AIAS)
Date 11 October 2007
Time 12:15 -13:15
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building M

The state in Industrial Relations - the politics of the Minimum Wage in Turkey and the US

Ruya Gokhan Kocer and Jelle Visser (AIAS)

This paper offers a theoretical model in order to conceptualize the role of the state in industrial relations. The main focus is the political basis of decisions regarding the minimum wage: it is argued that in order to ensure stability and growth, any state must balance the interests of capital and labour when taking this kind of distributional decisions. This idea operationalized by using O'Connor's concepts of accumulation and legitimation as the basis of an analytical model. Application of this model to Turkey and comparison with the US reveals that in Turkey governments take account of legitimacy concerns in their minimum wage decisions due to large number of workers directly dependent on minimum wage and weak collective bargaining institutions. In the US, despite similar industrial relations conditions, this tendency is not present, probably due to much smaller number of minimum wage earners and their absence in the political process. However in the US too it is observed that there is a difference between political parties and historical periods in the way in which the minimum wage is determined.

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