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Slip sliding away: further union decline in Germany and Britain

Addison, John T., Bryson, Alex, Teixeira, Paulino and Pahnke, André (2011) Slip sliding away: further union decline in Germany and Britain. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 58 (4). pp. 490-518. ISSN 0036-9292

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Abstract

This paper presents the first comparative analysis of the decline in collective bargaining in two European countries where that decline has been among the most pronounced. Using establishment-level data and a common model, we present decompositions of changes in collective bargaining in the private sector in Germany and Britain over the period 1998-2004. In both countries, within-effects dominate compositional changes as the source of the recent decline in unionism. Overall, the decline in collective bargaining is more pronounced in Britain than in Germany, thus continuing a trend apparent since the 1980s. Although establishment characteristics differ markedly across the two countries, assuming counterfactual values of these characteristics makes little difference to unionization levels. Expressed differently, the German dummy looms large. © 2011 The Authors. Scottish Journal of Political Economy © 2011 Scottish Economic Society.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref...
Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors. Scottish Journal of Political Economy © 2011 Scottish Economic Society.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 10:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/37337/

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