Unions' Involvement in the Welfare State

Tito Boeri, Agar Brugiavini, Lars Calmfors, Alison Booth, Michael Burda, Daniele Checchi, Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Richard Freeman, Pietro Garibaldi, Bertil Holmlund, Robin Naylor, Martin Schludi, Thierry Verdier and Jelle Visser

in The Role of Unions in the Twenty-first Century

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246588
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596001 | DOI:
 Unions' Involvement in the Welfare State

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Shows that there are important correlations between the unions' strength and activities and their welfare outcomes. The chapter provides a taxonomy of the large differences across countries in unions' strength and social expenditure. The analysis distinguishes among four dimensions of union influence: (1) unions as political movements; (2) unions and self‐administration in public schemes; (3) unions and private pensions; and (4) institutional participation and political veto points.

Keywords: institutional participation; political movements; political veto points; private pensions; public schemes; social expenditure; unions' strength; welfare outcomes

Chapter.  9348 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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