What is a Workers’ Referendum for? Evidence from Italy
13 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 9, 2014
In July 2007, the Prodi government and representatives of the three main Italian trade union confederations signed a landmark agreement on welfare and economic development. In October, in order to ratify or reject the agreement, the Italian labor movement organized a referendum, i.e. the Workers’ Referendum of 2007, inviting workers, pensioners and the unemployed to assess the agreement. Based on a comprehensive sampling (1,574 interviewees), these research notes provide an analysis of the Workers’ Referendum with regard to both key societal voting features and attitudes toward unions.
Keywords: Union democracy; Workers’ Referendum; Italy; survey research
JEL Classification: J50, J51, J52, J53, C83, C10
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