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 look at their evolution over the last half of this century.
This handbook aims to map the variations in union organization and membership in fifteen western European countries. The introductury guide, comparative overview, country profiles, chronologies, cross sectional and time series tables, as well as comparative indicators are intended to facilitate and encourage the comparative and historical study of modern trade union organization. In addition, the CD-ROM provides easy electronic access to handbook tables and to additional databases on national union organizations and their membership series for further individual in-depth analysis.
The book is part of the historical data handbook series 'The Societies of Europe', edited by members of the MZES.
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 (DUES)'. 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 visiting researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). Professor Visser is also a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Insitute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne. He has also served as consultant to the OECD and the ILO on union statistics.