Employment regulation, game theory and weak employee voice in liberal economies

Tony Dobbins, Tony Dundon, Niall Cullinane, Eugene Hickland, Jimmy Donaghey

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This article analyses the impact of information and consultation regulations – specifically the European Information and Consultation Directive – on worker participation or “employee voice” in liberal market economies (LMEs), providing both empirical and theoretical insights to complement existing research on the Directive. Using game theory and the prisoner's dilemma framework, and empirical data from 16 case studies, the authors explain why national legislation implementing the Directive is largely ineffective in diffusing mutual-gains cooperation in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Three theoretical explanatory propositions advance understanding of the policy impact of information and consultation regulations in LMEs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-422
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Labour Review
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • case study
  • Ireland
  • labour relations
  • market economy
  • regulation
  • UK
  • workers participation

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