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Trade union behaviour, pay-bargaining, and economic performance / R.J. Flanagan, K.O. Moene, M. Wallerstein
Bib ID 175986
Format BookBook
Flanagan, Robert J
Description Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993 
viii, 165 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0198287984 (acid-free paper)

FIEF studies in labour markets and economic policy.


This fourth volume from the Swedish Trade Union Institute for Economic Research, FIEF, looks at the determinants of union behaviour on the one hand, and the issue of the implications of the level of centralization of wage bargaining on unemployment performance on the other. Robert Flanagan's paper discusses the models generally used to analyse wage formulation and uses collective choice analysis to shed light on the decision making within trade unions. Flanagan also considers the internal political processes and norms of unions which he argues are arranged to produce uniform preferences and reductions in the number of issues that are submitted to voting among union members. Alistair Ulph comments on this paper.

The paper by Moene, Wallerstein and Hoel concerns the structure in which unions operate, especially the centralisation of bargaining processes, and the consequences of centralised bargaining for economic performance. Different levels of union centralization are modelled and their impact on the trade-off between wages and employment is investigated. This paper is commented upon by Lars Calmfors. Assar Lindbeck comments upon both papers.

Full contents
  • Introduction / Villy Bergstrom
  • Pt. 1. Can Political Models Predict Union Behaviour? / Robert J. Flanagan
  • 1. Introduction. 2. Trade Unions: Models and Institutions. 3. Classical Voting Models and Union Behaviour. 4. The Descriptive Power of the Median Voter Model. 5. Institutional Structure and Voting Outcomes. 6. Union Leaders and Union Members. 7. A Stocktaking
  • 8. Comment / Alistair Ulph
  • 9. Comment / Assar Lindbeck
  • Pt. II. Bargaining Structure and Economic Performance / Karl Ove Moene, Michael Wallerstein and Michael Hoel
  • 10. Introduction. 11. Wage Demands by Unions and Employers. 12. Bargaining Models of Wage-Setting. 13. Conflicts over the Level of Bargaining
  • 14. Conclusion
  • 15. Comment / Assar Lindbeck
  • 16. Comment / Lars Calmfors.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Labor unions -- Congresses.  |  Collective bargaining -- Congresses.  |  Wages -- Congresses.  |  Wages and labor productivity -- Congresses.
Other authors/contributors Moene, Karl Ove  |  Wallerstein, Michael, 1951-


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