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The left and organized labor in low-inflation times

Simoni, Marco (2013) The left and organized labor in low-inflation times. World Politics, 65 (2). pp. 314-349. ISSN 0043-8871

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0043887113000075


This article presents fresh empirical data showing that policy alignment between center-left governments and trade unions was a sustained feature of European politics between 1974 and 2005. This contradicts expectations of a wide delinkage between the electoral left and labor as a consequence of globalization, deindustrialization, and unionization decline. However, structural economic change has altered the policy field so that sustained policy alignment can no longer be explained by existing theoretical frameworks. Based on a theoretical argument and a multivariate empirical test, the article contends that policy alignment is likelier to occur if labor plays an important role in economic management at the microlevel and the industry level and if unions are politically cohesive agents thanks to pow- erful confederation leadership supported by democratic decision-making practices. In making its case, the article bridges the literatures on comparative capitalism and party politics, in orderto account for change and continuity in policy-making processes.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Trustees of Princeton University
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 15:11
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:36

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