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    Striking concessions from governments: the outcomes of general strikes in Western Europe 1980-2009

    Kelly, John and Hamann, K. and Johnston, A. (2013) Striking concessions from governments: the outcomes of general strikes in Western Europe 1980-2009. Comparative Politics 46 (1), ISSN 0010-4159.

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    Abstract

    Since the early 1980s, Western European labor unions in eleven of sixteen West European countries have mobilized protesters in a rising number of general strikes, opposing policy reforms by national governments. In over 40 percent of the cases, governments ceded concessions in response. The variation in government responses to general strikes can be explained by examining properties of governments, such as type of government and party family. Based on an original dataset using logistic regression, analysis of the outcomes of seventy-five general strikes indicates that concessions to unions are more likely when governments rule in coalition, and are led by center or Christian Democratic parties, compared to social democratic and conservative governments. A tentative explanation for this ?nding is based on shifting ideological alliances in multi-party systems.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Research Centres and Institutes: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2014 10:25
    Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 15:26
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10577

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