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.
Edited by John T. Addison, Hugh C. Lane Professor of Economic Theory, University of South Carolina, Columbia, US and Professor of Economics, Queen's University, Belfast, UK and Claus Schnabel, Professor of Economics, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg, Germany
Contents: 1. Introduction John T. Addison and Claus Schnabel 2. Determinants of Trade Union Membership Claus Schnabel 3. Economic Models of Union Behaviour Robin Naylor 4. Unions, Bargaining and Strikes Peter Cramton and Joseph Tracy 5. Unions and Productivity, Financial Performance and Investment: International Evidence David Metcalf 6. Collective Bargaining and Macroeconomic Performance Robert J. Flanagan 7. Changes Over Time in Union Relative Wage Effects in the UK and the USA Revisited David Blanchflower and Alex Bryson 8. Unions and the Wage Structure David Card, Thomas Lemieux and W. Craig Riddell 9. Unions and Innovation: A Survey of the Theory and Empirical Evidence Naercio Menezes-Filho and John Van Reenen 10. Trade Unions as Political Actors Wolfgang Streeck and Anke Hassel 11. Unions and Unionism Around the World Jelle Visser 12. Recent Changes in the Industrial Relations Framework in the UK John T. Addison and W. Stanley Siebert 13. Europeanization of Collective Bargaining Dieter Sadowski, Oliver Ludewig and Florian Turk 14. Contemporary Developments in and Challenges to Collective Bargaining in the United States John Delaney Index