The Rise and Decline of Unions

Michael L. Wachter

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Regulation, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 23-29, Summer 2007

Union membership, as a percentage of the private sector workforce, has been in decline for 50 years. The cause of this unrelenting decline is a single, fundamental factor: the change in the United States economy from a corporatist-regulated economy to one based on free competition. Unions are central to a corporatist regime and are peripheral in a liberal pluralist regime.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: the rise and decline of unions, michael wachter, unions, union membership, private sector workforce, declines, corporatist, regulated economy, free competition, liberal, liberal pluralist, NIRA, NRA, industry regulation, public interest, deregulation, labor law, corporate law

JEL Classification: A13, D21, D74, H11, J39, J50, J51, J52, J53, J58

Accepted Paper Series

Download This Paper

Date posted: July 19, 2007  

Suggested Citation

Wachter, Michael L., The Rise and Decline of Unions. Regulation, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 23-29, Summer 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1001458

Contact Information

Michael L. Wachter (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-898-7852 (Phone)
215-573-2025 (Fax)
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,545
Downloads: 228
Download Rank: 73,841

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo6 in 0.390 seconds