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Trade Unions in Western Europe: Hard Times, Hard Choices

Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick and Richard Hyman


The book presents the findings of a four-year study of the challenges facing trade unions and their responses in ten west European countries. The project involved a substantial number of interviews with key union representatives and academic experts in each country, together with the collection of a large amount of union documentation and background material. The book gives an account of trade unionism in each country, the main recent challenges that unions have faced, and responses in terms of recruitment and mobilisation; organizational restructuring; new approaches to collective bargaining; ... More

Keywords: trade unions, Europe, membership, varieties of capitalism, crisis, strategy, democracy, politics, globalization, revitalization, learning organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199644414
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644414.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick, author
Lecturer in Management, Birkbeck, University of London

Richard Hyman, author
Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics