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Job quality and institutional differences: civic principles at work in the USA and Germany

Frege, Carola M. and Godard, John (2014) Job quality and institutional differences: civic principles at work in the USA and Germany. American Sociological Review, 79 (5). ?-?. ISSN 0003-1224 (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper defines job quality in accordance with civic principles, and explores how and the extent to which institutional differences between Germany and the USA matter to the attainment of these principles at work. We draw on a 2009 telephone survey of US and German workers. We find that the overall attainment of civic principles at work, as perceived by workers, is no different in Germany than in the USA even though the German institutional environment should be more conducive to them. We also find, however, that this is due to higher worker expectations in Germany and a tendency for employer practices to compensate for the “weaker” institutional environment in the USA. Once these are controlled for, German workers report substantially more positive outcomes. We find that institutional differences also matter to the way in which various employer practices are adopted and hence have indirect as well as direct implications.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://asr.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 American Sociological Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2014 15:25
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/57608/

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