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International Handbook of Trade Unions (Hardback)
  • International Handbook of Trade Unions (Hardback)

International Handbook of Trade Unions (Hardback)

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Hardback 576 Pages / Published: 29/10/2003
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This Handbook is an authoritative and invaluable reference tool, uniquely analysing the forces governing unionism, union behaviour and union impact from a variety of perspectives, both theoretical and empirical. The 14 chapters are written in an accessible style by acknowledged leading specialists from the fields of economics and industrial relations. They offer a truly international perspective on this important subject. This superbly comprehensive Handbook examines the determinants of union membership, models of union behaviour and the economics of strikes, as well as the effects of unions on wages, pay inequality and firm performance (to include innovation). It also analyses trade unions as political actors and their impact on macroeconomic performance. Institutional detail is added in specific chapters documenting recent developments in the US and the UK, and prospects for a Europeanization of collective bargaining. A review of union density in more than 100 nations, is also provided. The Handbook is suited to a range of courses and is aptly designed to meet the needs of students - from undergraduates upwards - and academics in the fields of economics, industrial relations, human resources management, as well as general labour scholars.

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781840649796
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 976 g
Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 38 mm

`The editors have successfully drawn together leading authorities and experts in the field to outline some key aspect within the modern international trade union movement. . . Each contribution is well-researched with clearly expressed arguments set in context to ensure the reader is able, not just to follow the lines of thought, but also to develop and pursue further inquiry. . . There is a strong international dimension that runs through a number of chapters. There is an excellent index and the references and endnotes are to a high standard. This book is essential for contextual reading in any major university and will be of particular relevance to those studying economics or the social sciences.' -- Ronan O'Beirne, Reference Reviews
`The chapters are of uniformly very high quality and, taken together, represent an authoritative and comprehensive assessment of the behavior and effects of trade unions, at least in the West. This truly state-of-the-art collection earns the moniker "handbook", and deserves to be placed within close reach as a standard reference.' -- Richard P. Chaykowski, Industrial and Labor Relations Review
`This volume is the definitive word on the topic, and likely will remain so for some time. The editors have done a remarkable job of compiling a list of contributors that reads like a "Who's Who" on the topic, ensuring quality control and summarizing a daunting amount of material. Given the dramatic changes that have been occurring throughout the world with respect to trade unions, this is a timely and welcomed contribution.' -- Morley Gunderson, University of Toronto, Canada
`A fine collection, written by the world's leading experts in this important area. If you want to know about what has been happening at the frontier of recent research on unions, this is the book for you.' -- Andrew J. Oswald, University of Warwick, UK

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