dr. A.R. Lehr (Alex)
Universitair docent - Empirische Politicologie
Dr. Alex Lehr is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science. He holds a PhD from Radboud University on a thesis about spillovers and conflict in collective bargaining. His research is on the intersection of sociology, economics, political science, and industrial and labor relations. His recent research focuses on two lines: 1) spillovers in labor relations and 2) challenges to labor market representation:
Spillovers in labor relations: Collective bargaining, wage-setting and strikes do not happen in a social vacuum. Trade union and employer negotiators, for instance, are influenced by negotiations in other companies, sectors and countries. These ‘spillovers’ create interdependencies that crucially affect labor relations outcomes. Yet knowledge on how and under which conditions spillovers operate is still very limited.
Challenges to labor market representation: Large-scale socio-economic developments such as globalization and post-industrialization challenge employees’ and employers’ representation on the labor market. Are small employers as well represented by employers’ organizations as big business? Do people with insecure employment, the so-called outsiders, feel as well represented by trade unions as people with stable and protected jobs, and if not, why? Better answers to such questions are of fundamental importance to the legitimacy of representation.
In developing these two research lines, Alex Lehr particularly specializes in the development and testing of micro-level theories, and the collection and statistical analyses of novel micro-level data, e.g. via surveys and experiments. He also teaches extensively on these topics.
Alex Lehr was visiting scholar at European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in 2017 and at the University of York in 2013. He is a member of the board of Research Network RN17: Work, Employment and Industrial Relations of the European Sociological Association (ESA).
- Jansen, G. & Lehr, A.R. (2022). On the outside looking in? A micro-level analysis of insiders' and outsiders' trade union membership. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 43 (1), 221-251. doi: 10.1177/0143831X19890130 Volledige tekst
- Brandl, B. & Lehr, A.R. (2019). The strange non-death of employer and business associations: An analysis of their representativeness and activities in Western European countries. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40 (4), 932-953. doi: 10.1177%2F0143831X16669842
- Brandl, B. & Lehr, A.R. (2018). A problem of embeddedness: A micro-theoretical model of trade union action and interaction in Europe. Employee Relations. - Bradford, 40 (3), 500-514. doi: 10.1108/ER-04-2017-0075
- Lehr, A.R., Vyrastekova, J., Akkerman, A. & Torenvlied, R. (2018). Horizontal and vertical spillovers in wage bargaining: a theoretical framework and experimental evidence. Rationality and Society, 30 (1), 3-53. doi: 10.1177/1043463117754079 Volledige tekst
- Lehr, A.R., Vyrastekova, J., Akkerman, A. & Torenvlied, R. (2016). Spillovers and conflict in wage bargaining: Experimental evidence. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 63, 59-68. doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2016.05.002
- Lehr, A.R., Akkerman, A. & Torenvlied, R. (2015). Spillover and conflict in collective bargaining: evidence from a survey of Dutch union and firm negotiators. Work, Employment and Society, 29 (4), 641-660. doi: 10.1177/0950017014542123
- Lehr, A.R., Akkerman, A. & Torenvlied, R. (2015). The Influence of External Information on Collective Bargaining: Survey Evidence of Union and Firm Negotiators in the Netherlands. Industrial Relations (Quebec), 70 (2), 327-352. doi: 10.7202/1031488ar Volledige tekst
Onderzoeksbeurzen en -prijzen
- 2018 - ‘European, National and Transnational Industrial Relations: Visible and Invisible Hands in European and National Wage Setting (ENTIRE VIEW)’. DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission (€331k)> Meer informatie
- 2017 - Erasmus+ Training Grant (€3k)>
- 2016 - PhD of the year award Nijmegen School of Management> Meer informatie
- 2015 - Funding for interdisciplinary data collection project “DISCON Survey Wave 3: Work and Politics 2016.” from department of Political Science (Radboud University) (€6k)>
- 2018 - ‘European, National and Transnational Industrial Relations: Visible and Invisible Hands in European and National Wage Setting (ENTIRE VIEW)’. Funded by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. Collaborative project with dr. Bernd Brandl (Durham University, United Kingdom), dr. Oscar Molina (University of Barcelona, Spain) and dr. Dominik Owczarek (Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw, Poland)
- 2013 - The development and transformation of employers' and business associations. Funded by the International Labour Organization. Lead researcher: dr. B. Brandl
- 2009 - Contagious Conflict: Learning from Industrial Conflict. Funded by the National Dutch Science Foundation (NWO; project number 432-08-022). Lead researcher: prof. dr. A. Akkerman Meer informatie