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Winter 2017


This article seeks to reestablish the conversation between collective bargaining and dispute system design scholars. Part II provides a brief description of the system of collective bargaining by focusing on the three key steps of union organizing, contract negotiation, and contract administration. Part III does the same for the literature on dispute system design by identifying some of the seminal literature in the field as well as other work particularly relevant to workplace dispute resolution systems. In Part IV, the article seeks to achieve one modest goal and one that is more ambitious. As to the modest goal, this article seeks to rekindle the interest among industrial relations and labor law scholars in exploring the relationship between collective bargaining and dispute system design. In particular, the article seeks to identify the core characteristics of the collective bargaining process and how those basic characteristics overlap with the various elements that dispute system scholars have identified as critical elements of a dispute system.



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