The Ross and Hartman Thesis

  • Geoffrey K. Ingham
Part of the Studies in Sociology book series (SS)


ROSS and Hartman assert that the trend towards the withering away of the strike has, on the whole, been most pronounced in Northern Europe; but is also evident to a lesser degree in North America. The main evidence for this conclusion is contained in the two tables below which show: (1) the percentage of union members involved in strikes over three periods of time from 1900 to 1956, and (2) a comparison of the average duration of strikes in the periods 1900–29 and 1948–56. The tables are taken directly from Ross and Hartman; but only include those countries in which the decline in strike activity has been most marked.


Collective Bargaining Union Member Industrial Relation Labour Movement Northern European Country 
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    Richard A. Lester, ‘Revolution in Industrial Employment’, Labor Law Journal, 9 (1958) cited in [16] p. 47.Google Scholar
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    Reinhard Bendix, Work and Authority in Industry (New York, 1956).Google Scholar

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© British Sociological Association 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey K. Ingham
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  1. 1.University of CambridgeUK

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