[lbo-talk] Politics Matter: Changes in Unionization Rates in, Rich Countries, 1960-2010

lasko lascaux at riseup.net
Tue Dec 27 16:38:44 PST 2011

Yes, apart from the chicken/egg problem it does give a good picture of where countries differ in union density vs. union coverage.


Another interesting angle might be "union solvency."

How the financial status of unions compares to the other two variables.

On 12/1/11 12:47 AM, Thomas Volscho wrote:
> On 12/01/2011 12:20 AM, lbo-talk-request at lbo-talk.org wrote:
>> [lbo-talk] Politics Matter: Changes in Unionization Rates in
>> Rich Countries, 1960-2010
> It is a nice descriptive article but it does not tell us why there were
> changes in unionization rates across these countries. It simply argues
> that national politics matter because of a fuzzy characterization of
> Continental Market Economies, Social Democratic, Liberal Market, and
> Ex-Dictatorships (which is a very interesting one). These nations may
> fall under these types BECAUSE of past and present activities of
> unions. Thus a country that is Social Democratic is so BECAUSE of that
> country's history of union political struggles. But the article gives a
> good picture of countries differ and where labor has been the winner and
> loser.
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