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Divergent Trends and Differing Causal Logics: The Role of Bargaining Coordination when Explaining Earnings Inequality across Advanced Democratic Societies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
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Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-91136OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-91136DiVA: diva2:163748
Available from: 2003-11-21 Created: 2003-11-21 Last updated: 2012-10-11Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. The Fate of Organized Labor: Explaining Unionization, Wage Inequality, and Strikes across Time and Space
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Fate of Organized Labor: Explaining Unionization, Wage Inequality, and Strikes across Time and Space
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The point of departure for this thesis is the divergent fate of organized labor during the last decades in the Western world. Given what we know about actual trends, how are we to explain the variation in the strength of organized labor across time and space? The thesis consists of four self-contained essays.

Essay 1: Using aggregate data from 15 advanced capitalist societies, I show that the estimated effects of domestic cyclical, labor market structural, and globalization variables differ in a predictable manner across nation-specific institutional frame­works.

Essay 2: In the second essay I argue that two institutional properties – the degree of centralization in the bargaining system and the workplace access of the union movement – will interactively influence the unionization process. The empirical results indicate that these institutional variables positively influence the aggregate density levels and cushion the effects of compositional factors on the probability of being a union member.

Essay 3: In the third essay I argue that coordinated wage bargaining alters the causal logic when explaining wage inequality, in the sense that common explanatory factors have different effects depending on the degree of bargaining coordination. The evidence presented supports the theoretical argument.

Essay 4: In this essay I propose a formal model of strike behavior predicting a curvilinear relationship between employer beliefs about union bargaining strength and the probability of a strike. Further, I argue that this curvilinear relationship is valid only under uncoordinated wage bargaining.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen, 2003. 181 p.
Keyword
Political science, Statsvetenskap
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-3804 (URN)91-506-1723-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2003-12-12, Brusewitzsalen, Badhuset, Gamla Torget 6, Uppsala, 13:15
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Available from: 2003-11-21 Created: 2003-11-21 Last updated: 2012-10-11Bibliographically approved

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