• Corpus ID: 150655061

General Strikes in Western Europe 1980-2008

  title={General Strikes in Western Europe 1980-2008},
  author={J. Kelly and Kerstin Hamann},
Abstract Since the early 1980s the balance of economic power has shifted away from labour and towards increasingly mobile and powerful corporations. The associated decline in trade union membership and strike activity in has sometimes been interpreted as an erosion of both industrial and political democracy. This paper shows that whilst the capacity and willingness of unions to strike against corporations has declined since c1980, the frequency of general strikes to protest against government… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

The Puzzle of Trade Union Strength in Western Europe since 1980
Since the early 1980s unions across the advanced capitalist world have witnessed prolonged membership de cline, loss of bargaining power in a globalizing context and neo-liberal government
Sustaining or Abandoning ‘Social Peace’? Strike Development and Trends in Europe Since the 1990s
Providing a simple quantitative overview and a short macro-comparative analysis of strike activity in Europe since the 1990s, this working paper assesses whether three strike trends observed in the
European Trade Union Institute From the SelectedWorks of Kurt Vandaele 2011 Sustaining or abandoning ‘ social peace ’ ? Strike development and trends in Europe since the 1990 s
Providing a simple quantitative overview and a short macro-comparative analysis of strike activity in Europe since the 1990s, this working paper assesses whether three strike trends observed in the
The Eurotower Strikes Back : Crises , Adjustments and Europe ’ s Austerity Strikes ∗
The 2008 global financial crisis came with fears — and, for some, hopes – of a new wave of public mobilization in industrialized countries. Large protests were particularly expected in the epicenter
Trade Unions ’ Strategies and Austerity Politics in Southern Europe : The Role of Labour in Spain , Italy and Portugal vis-à-vis Austerity Measures by
This paper attempts to compare trade unions’ strategies in Spain, Italy and Portugal vis-à-vis government’s austerity measures since the beginning of the crisis in 2008. The main aim is to give some
Lost in the ocean of deregulation? : the Greek labour movement in a time of crisis
The 2008 financial crisis had a tremendous impact on the Greek economy and society. Since 2010, widespread popular mobilizations have emerged against the austerity measures that were part of the
The Eurotower Strikes Back
The 2008 global financial crisis came with fears—and, for some, hopes—that a new wave of public mobilization would emerge in industrialized countries. Especially throughout the European Union (EU),
Demobilised or dormant? Exploring pro-strike attitudes among employees who have never joined a strike
The general decline of strikes does not necessarily imply that workers are demobilised. A dormant strike potential can be present. Drawing on strikes as ‘experience goods’, this article sheds light
The Political Foundations of Trust and Distrust: Reforms and Protests in France
This article argues that the high level of protest activity in France is, at least partly, the result of distrust between the government and the trade unions, and that such distrust is inevitable in
A Comparison of Greek and Latvian Budget Consolidation Politics
This comparative case study tries to answer the question why the budget consolidation process began earlier in Latvia then in Greece after the 2008 financial crisis. The established theories predict


Strikes and Collective Bargaining in the Nordic Countries
This article analyses the different strike profiles in the Nordic countries, with particular stress on the role of collective bargaining. First, it compares working days lost during the past couple
Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy
  • M. Cook
  • Political Science
    Perspectives on Politics
  • 2005
Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy. By Katrina Burgess. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004. 224p. $27.95. In Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela during the 1980s and 1990s,
Parties, Elections, and Policy Reforms in Western Europe: Voting for Social Pacts
Social pacts – policy agreements between governments, labor unions and sometimes employer organizations – began to emerge in many countries in the 1980s. The most common explanations for social pacts
Party Politics and the Reemergence of Social Pacts in Western Europe
Conventional accounts of the reemergence of social pacts in Western Europe argue they are a governmental response to economic pressures, in particular the requirements for joining the European
Social pacts in Europe : new dynamics
The emergence of a new generation of social pacts – tripartite agreements covering pay and labour market conditions – across European countries since the early 1990s has been welcome news for
Trade unions in Western Europe since 1945
Trade unions are one of the major social institutions in modern industrial societies. Today, when they increasingly face pressures from social, economic and political changes, it is appropriate to
Bargaining Theory, Trade Unions, and Industrial Strike Activity
The purpose of this paper is to examine certain received theories of the firm, trade union behavior, and bargaining in order to derive testable implications concerning the conditions under which
Decline or transformation? Change in industrial conflict and its challenges
This article begins with a quantitative analysis of post-World War II strike activity in a group of European countries and the United States. The analysis highlights two important changes. First,
Beyond Varieties of Capitalism: Conflict, Contradictions, and Complementarities in the European Economy
Since the early 1990s, Europe's economies have been facing several new challenges: the single market programme, the collapse of the Berlin wall and eastward enlargement, and monetary unification.
De-Linking Labor
This article evaluates the thesis that the relationship between national labor movements and social democratic political parties has become `delinked' in the past two decades as a result of