A Novel Calculus? Institutional Change, Globalization and Industrial Conflict in Europe

Steen Scheuer

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Abstract

Collective industrial conflict in Europe has declined dramatically since the 1970s. This decline is the result of significant changes in institutional factors, influencing the calculations of employees and their organizations when considering strike action. Declining union density and changes in market protection seem major influences, while institutional and legal changes are important explanations of persistent major inter-country variance. This indicates a novel industrial conflict calculus for employees, which entails a more restricted use, but not the withering away of the strike.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume12
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages22
ISSN0959-6801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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