By Robert Geyer, Christine Ingebritsen, Jonathan W. Moses
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However, due to the successful reconstruction of tripartite wage setting, it became possible to return to full employment. TA, UKG, AUT, BEL, DNK, FIN, GRE, IRE, LUX, NLD, NOR, POR, ESP, SWE, SWZ. : 1973 UKG, DNK, IRE; 1981 GRE; 1986 POR, ESP; 1995 AUT, FIN, SWE. Source: OECD, Economic Outlook, several issues. N u-. 26 Europeanization and the Crisis Admittedly, other Western European countries could not have afforded the expansion of public sector employment. Yet it does not follow that, in the absence of oil wealth, a return to more expansionary policies is dependent on internationally coordinated reflation.
That Norway has not yet had to contend with such stifling struggles over relative wages is in large part due to the different role played by the state. In sharp contrast to Sweden, the Norwegian government maintains the right to force the parties in a labour market conflict to accept compulsory arbitration. According to Froland (1997: 13) compulsory arbitration has been used about 90 times since 1953. Compulsory arbitration has at times provided a useful scapegoat function for the union leadership as it can transfer the task of getting militant member unions to accept a moderate central agreement to the state (D0lvik et al.
Bent Sofus Tranoy 49 In Norway, holders of price-regulated cooperative flats demanded the right to realize the market value of their assets, even though their acquisition had been heavily subsidized. In Sweden, the interaction of inflation, tax and direct subsidies made for complicated arithmetics, as various commissions tried to secure that the system worked in an equitable way, without privileging private housing over cooperative forms of ownership, or one cohort of home-makers over another.