Collective Bargaining and Labour Conflicts: A Comparative Case Study of the Collective Bargaining Systems and their Influence on Labour Conflicts in Denmark and Argentina

Satcha Thue Jensen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis focusses on the labour movements in Denamark and Argentina, how collective bargaining is practiced, and why labour conflicts are few in Denmark but many in Argentina. These are two countries with strong labour movements, but very different conditions and results. Therefore, it is investigated how the historical, political and economic context influences the work of trade unions and the carrying out of strikes and protests.
Through an explanatory case study with two cases, this thesis seeks to extend the current literature on labour unions, conflicts, and cross-national studies, at the same time as it applies existing theories, such as the Political Process Theory, Mobilization Structures, Political Opportunities, and Framing.
It was found that the inflation rate has a big influence on collective bargaining and conflict development in Argentina, and that the economic and political structures are important in both Denmark and Argentina. Furthermore, the characteristic Danish Model is a key reason to why the social partners in Denmark are good at co-operating, and why very few conflicts are carried out in the country.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Business and Development Studies, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2019
Number of pages121