Politics Matter: Changes in Unionisation Rates in Rich Countries, 1960–2010

21 Pages Posted: 24 May 2012

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Alexandra Mitukiewicz

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John Schmitt

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

We use the Institutional Characteristics of Trade Unions, Wage Setting, State Intervention and Social Pacts database to examine the changes in collective bargaining coverage and union density among 21 OECD countries over the past 50 years. The observed patterns suggest that national politics are a more important determinant of recent trends in unionisation than globalisation or technological change.

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Mitukiewicz, Alexandra and Schmitt, John, Politics Matter: Changes in Unionisation Rates in Rich Countries, 1960–2010 (May 2012). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp. 260-280, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2065648 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2012.00675.x

Alexandra Mitukiewicz

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John Schmitt

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
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