A Comparative Profile

  • Bernhard Ebbinghaus
  • Jelle Visser
Part of the The Societies of Europe book series (SOEU)


In this chapter we present a comparative overview of the development, structure, organization and membership of European trade unions, based on the fifteen country chapters in Part II. Our aim is to show the broad picture: how did European trade unions develop? What are the main differences in patterns of organization and union structure across countries? How did these differences affect the organization of new social status categories and groups in industrial and post-industrial societies? What were the patterns of change? Did the union systems of Europe converge? What were the broad developments in unionization and growth? What can we expect for the twenty-first century?


Trade Union Collective Bargaining Industrial Relation Union Membership Union System 
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