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Solidaristic unionism and support for redistribution in contemporary Europe

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Published in World Politics. 2017, vol. 69, no. 3, p. 449-492
Abstract Using data from the European Social Survey (2002-14), this paper explores the effect of union membership on support for redistribution. We hypothesize that the wage-bargaining practices of unions promote egalitarian distributive norms, which lead union members to support redistribution, and that this effect is strongest among high-wage workers. Consistent with our expectations, the empirical analysis shows that the solidarity effect of union membership is strongest when unions encompass a very large share of the labor force or primarily organize low-wage workers. We also show that low-wage workers have become a significantly less important union constituency in many European countries over the time period covered by our analysis.
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MOSIMANN, Nadja, PONTUSSON, Harry Jonas. Solidaristic unionism and support for redistribution in contemporary Europe. In: World Politics, 2017, vol. 69, n° 3, p. 449-492. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:94917

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