This comparative data handbook offers an empirical base to a long-term and
comparative understanding of changes and variations in European union
movements. It provides information on the context and history of union
development, the changes in the structure of post-war unionism until today,
the long-term trends in union membership and union density, and the shifts
in the cross-sectional composition of union membership.
Introduction and references are included, as well as standardised tables for
each country and comparative indicators.This book is the result of many
years of research by the authors in collaboration with an international
research team, and provides an original source for comparative and national
studies or individual enquiries. It offers cross-checked and often
newly-calculated statistics from the project's unique comprehensive database
on national union organisations and their membership series.
An original, comprehensive and up-to-date data collection on postwar union
movements, Trade Unions in Western Europe since 1945 will act as an
indispensable tool for anyone comparing labour relations across Europe.
Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute
for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. He taught sociology at the
University of Mannheim and coordinated, with Jelle Visser, the international
project on 'The Development of Trade Unions in Western Europe'. He is
currently a J.F. Kennedy Fellow (1999/2000) at the Center for European
Studies (CES), Harvard University. Jelle Visser is Professor of Empirical Sociology at the University of
Amsterdam and Director of CESAR, a labour relations research group. He was a
visting researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.
Professor Visser is also a visting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for
the Study of Societies in Cologne. He has also served as consultant to the
OECD and ILO on union statistics.