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Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Jelle Visser
Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945
Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000
807 pages | hardcover/CD-ROM package
ISBN 0333-77112-5 | £310.00 | € 522,13
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Abstract | Contents | Authors




This comparative data handbook offers an empirical base to a long-term and comparative understanding of changes and variations in European union movements. It provides information on the context and history of union development, the changes in the structure of post-war unionism until today, the long-term trends in union membership and union density, and the shifts in the cross-sectional composition of union membership.
Introduction and references are included, as well as standardised tables for each country and comparative indicators.This book is the result of many years of research by the authors in collaboration with an international research team, and provides an original source for comparative and national studies or individual enquiries. It offers cross-checked and often newly-calculated statistics from the project's unique comprehensive database on national union organisations and their membership series.
An original, comprehensive and up-to-date data collection on postwar union movements, Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945 will act as an indispensable tool for anyone comparing labour relations across Europe.





Part I: Introduction
1   A Guide to the Handbook
2   A Comparative Profile


Part II: Country Profiles and Tables
3    Austria
4    Belgium
5    Denmark
6    Finland
7    France
8    Germany
9    Ireland
10  Italy
11  Netherlands
12  Norway
13  Portugal
14  Spain
15  Sweden

16  Switzerland
17  United Kingdom


Part III: Appendix

18  European Union Organizations
19  A Note on the CD-ROM



Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. He taught sociology at the University of Mannheim and coordinated, with Jelle Visser, the international project on 'The Development of Trade Unions in Western Europe'. He is currently a J.F. Kennedy Fellow (1999/2000) at the Center for European Studies (CES), Harvard University.
Jelle Visser is Professor of Empirical Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Director of CESAR, a labour relations research group. He was a visting researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. Professor Visser is also a visting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has also served as consultant to the OECD and ILO on union statistics.

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