Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Power to Dismiss – Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Power to Dismiss: Trade Unions and the Regulation of Job Security in Western Europe

Patrick Emmenegger


This book analyses the historical development of job security regulations in Western Europe from the establishment of freedom of contract in the nineteenth century until the heyday of two-tier labour market reforms in the 2000s. Job security regulations restrict managerial capacity to dismiss employees or use new forms of employment (e.g. temporary work) when hiring new workers. The book makes four main contributions: First, it shows that trade unions are the main driving force behind the extension of job security regulations because these regulations protect the union organization in the work ... More

Keywords: job security, unions, dismissal, collective agreements, institutions, dualization, temporary employment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Emmenegger, author
University of St.Gallen