Institutional Determinants of Deregulation and Restructuring in Telecommunications: Britain, Germany, and United States Compared

Batt, Rosemary and Darbishire, Owen (1997) Institutional Determinants of Deregulation and Restructuring in Telecommunications: Britain, Germany, and United States Compared. International Contributions to Labour Studies, 7. pp. 59-79.

Abstract

Virtually all countries are undergoing deregulation and privatisation of their telecommunications sectors. Yet
despite the globalisation of markets, technological borrowing, and great similarities in public sector legacies
across countries, the outcomes of deregulation and restructuring are not converging to a single point. Rather,
the differences in national and sub-national industrial relations institutions have allowed key stakeholders to
shape new market rules, or re-regulate the market in ways that privilege some actors more than others. The
new rules, in turn, more or less constrain managerial prerogative and lead to substantially different outcomes
for key stakeholders, including firms, unions, workers, managers, and consumers. This article uses evidence
from British Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, and the Regional Bell Operating Companies in the United
States to elaborate this thesis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Human resources; telecommunications; deregulation; privatization; industrial relations
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 14:25
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:07
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/4254

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